Programs for gifted children fit into the array of special programs available for all exceptional children. These programs reflect individual differences, equal educational opportunity, and desire for the optimal development of each child. Programs that are based on sound philosophical, theoretical, and empirical foundations are those most likely to benefit gifted students.
What does it mean to be gifted and talented?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education defines mentally gifted as possessing “outstanding intellectual and creative ability, the development of which requires specially-designed programs or support services, or both, not ordinarily provided in the regular education program.”
The District’s Gifted services are specifically afforded to those students who not only demonstrate highly intellectualized and exceptional academic and thinking skills, but who require specially designed instruction that is not provided in the regular classroom.
Eligibility for gifted programming is determined through a multifaceted evaluation process which may include intelligence testing, standardized academic and achievement testing, teacher input, and parental input. Parents or guardians who think their child may have mental giftedness and may be in need of services should contact their child’s school counselor.
My child is gifted and talented and I have a concern. What are my next steps?
Getting your concern addressed
All families at some point have a concern that they need support resolving. The Whitehall-Coplay School District is here to help.
If your child has a problem at school related to gifted and talented, please reach out to their child’s case manager.
If for any reason you require additional assistance after speaking with your child’s case manager please reach out to your child’s school counselor
If you require further assistance after speaking with the child’s teacher and school counselor, please contact the building’s assistant principal.