Advanced & Gifted

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Parents may have questions about if their child is gifted. The characteristics described below can help clarify:

        HIGH ACHIEVER                                   VS.      GIFTED

  • Remembers the answer                              Poses unforeseen questions
  • Performs at the top of the group               Is beyond the group
  • Learns with ease                                          Already knows the answer
  • Needs 6-8 repetitions to master                Needs 1-3 repetitions to master
  • Is pleased with own learning                      Is self-critical
  • Gets A’s                                                         May not be motivated by grades
  • Pleased with own progress                        Often self-critical
  • People pleasers (teacher’s pets)               May be critical of their teachers (questioners)


The Advanced & Gifted program is designed to provide rigorous instruction and create a supportive school environment to meet the intellectual, academic, social, emotional, and motivational needs of gifted and high-ability learners. Some of the ways we serve our students include:

  • Curriculum compacting
  • Topic enrichment and extension
  • Honors and/or AP (Advanced Placement) courses
  • Advanced and/or accelerated courses
  • Other activities which incorporate academics, multiple intelligences, and social interaction

If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

Marchele Nelson

Marchele Nelson
Assistant Director, Advanced & Gifted
Stacy Clendenen

Stacy Clendenen

Advanced & Gifted Coordinator
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment