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2017 Charleston School District
Charleston Public Schools
Gifted/Talented Program Instructor:  Katie Harris
What is Giftedness? Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as; intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics or science. It is difficult to estimate the absolute number of gifted children in the U.S. and the world because the calculation is dependent on the number of areas, or domains being measured and the method used to identify gifted children. However, many consider children who are in the top 10 percent in relation to a national and/or local norm to be a good guide for identification andservices.   It is important to note that not all gifted children look or act alike.  Giftedness exists in every demographic group and personality type.  It is important that adults look hard to discover potential and support gifted children as they reach for their personal best. Program Overview: The Gifted and Talented Program of Charleston serves students in grades K-12. In grades K-2, enrichment activities designed to introduce and develop skills beyond the basic curriculum are provided for all students. Identification for our pullout program begins in 3rd grade. Identified students in grades 3-4 are served in a pullout resource room setting with a scheduled weekly period of 150 minutes. Students in grades 5-6 receive enrichment from their highly qualified teachers, and in grades 7-12, students may choose from a wide variety of enrichment activities involving higher level thinking skills and problem solving strategies, such as Pre-AP and AP courses. Students in grades 5-12 also participate in monthly meetings during lunch to discuss personal goals and community activities.