Gifted and Talented

  • MISSION 
    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

    Sensitivity

    Rapid Learning Ability

    Compassion for Others

    Extensive Vocabulary

    Perfectionism

    Good Memory

    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. 

     2018-2019 MERIT Parent Orientation 

     

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