Gifted and Talented
The mission of gifted education is to maximize the potential of gifted and talented students by providing programs and services that match the unique characteristics and needs of these students.
GIFTED STUDENTS: WHO ARE THEY?
The following description of the identification process reflects the South Carolina definition of gifted and talented and is in keeping with the National Excellence Report (1995) which states:
“Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. [They] exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity/or excel in specific academic fields. They require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools. Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.”
CHARACTERISTICS OF GIFTED STUDENTS - THE SILVERMAN/WATERS CHECKLIST
Good Problem-Solving Abilities
Rapid Learning Ability
Compassion for Others
High Degree of Energy
Long Attention Span
Preference for Older Companions
Wide Range of Interests
Excellent Sense of Humor
Early or Avid Reading Ability
Ability in Puzzles, Mazes, or Numbers
At Times, Seem Mature for Age
Perseverance in Areas of Interest
In YSD1 our academically gifted and talended students in grades 3 - 8 are served in the MERIT program. MERIT is an acronym for Meaningful Educational Resources for the Intellectually Talented.