Definition of Gifted

  • The 2013 Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) defines "gifted" children as:

    Those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness: General or specific intellectual ability, Specific academic aptitude, Creative or productive thinking, Leadership abilities, Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities.

    Although this is a reasonable definition, applying it to people is challenging. Gifted kids come from all types of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Their particular areas of talent can span a highly-individualized range of possibilities.  To further complicate the process, students can demonstrate both gifts and disabilities. Such children are often referred to as twice-exceptional. Additionally, not all gifted students like or thrive in school. Nonetheless, we endeavor to properly identify and appropriately support all children entrusted under our care and tutelage. Each individual is unique, thus, the schools work to address individual strengths and to ensure the appropriate growth of all our children.