Gifted and Talented Education Program
The Huntsville City Schools District Gifted Services provides exceptional students of all races and socio-economic groups educational experiences in which students construct knowledge through active learning and that are rigorous and relevant to students’ interests, abilities, culture, and readiness to learn.
Huntsville City Schools District Gifted Services seeks out students from all racial and socio-economic groups with advanced capabilities, both academic and creative, and facilitates their fullest potential. The State of Alabama defines intellectually gifted children and youth as those who perform or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to other students of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Children and youth possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. Students are identified as gifted in a multitude of areas using multiple criteria. We recognize that talents and gifts may manifest in multiple disciplines. Talent areas are best nurtured through facilitating students actively acquiring knowledge and skills in processing information. Deep and complex understanding of the disciplines, social and emotional stability, and critical thinking allow students to become independent, lifelong learners. Gifted and general education teacher collaboration differentiates instruction, continuing the gifted students’ engagement in learning.
Gifted Services Coordinator
The Alabama State Department of Education mandates that all Second Graders be observed for gifted traits and behaviors.
- Perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment
- Require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program
- Found in all populations, across all economic strata
- May be twice exceptional
- Typically are not gifted in every content area
- Identified through a review of:
- Gifted behavior rating scales
- Collection of six products designed to elicit gifted behaviors
- Aptitude or creative thinking test scores
- Work samples or achievement test scores
- Served through a pullout gifted class at the child’s current school for 3 hours per week beginning in Third Grade
- Gifted classwork is not included in report card grades
- Parents are invited to a “Advanced Education Plan” meeting if their child is identified as gifted through the 2nd-Grade Child Find process.
- Information about gifted education classes is distributed by Gifted Education teacher prior to the start of 3rd-Grade.