Gifted and Talented
Director’s Name: Kim Anthony
The Quest Program provides direct services to qualifying elementary gifted and talented students who have demonstrated outstanding intellectual and academic ability. The primary goal is to provide services that are commensurate with student academic needs and to foster a positive self-image. The program focuses on the development of intellectual skills, intellectual curiosity, independence, and responsibility while encouraging originality and creativity. Students in first and second grade receive up to 2.5 hours of direct service per week. Students in grades three through five receive up to 5 hours of direct service per week. Seven certified teachers provide direct services to approximately 300 students in our district.
District-wide Second Grade Screening:
Permission to test is requested in April or May
Students identified through TABS for further testing, are given an ability test
Students scoring lower than the 95th percentile on the ability test– testing is stopped – parents are notified that their child does not qualify for services
Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile on the ability test – testing continues with achievement testing
Achievement testing in math and reading (K-5 NWEA)
Students who do not score above the 95th percentile in at least three out of the six areas (See below) - parents notified that their child does not qualify for services
Students who do score above the 95th percentile in at least three out of the six areas (See below) - parents will be notified of placement in gifted services for the following year
TABs--teacher screening tool
Strength Assessment--parent input
The screening process for Quest takes place in the spring. At various times throughout the year, students from other districts enroll in our schools and indicate that they were in a gifted program at their previous schools. Gifted programs vary greatly from district to district, state to state. To qualify and be placed immediately in Quest, students' records must contain information that meets our qualifying criteria. For example, if students have achievement scores in reading or math at the 95th percentile, but no IQ scores, we may opt to administer an ability test to determine placement or non-placement.