The gifted student is one who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance. These students require educational programs and experiences different from and/or in addition to those provided by the regular school program.


What does it mean to be “gifted”?

Gifted children tend to have many of the characteristics below.

The gifted child often…
  • Reads well and widely
  • Early or avid reader (if too young to read, loves being read to)
  • Reasons well (good thinker)
  • Learns rapidly
  • Has an unusually large vocabulary
  • Has an excellent memory for things heard or read
  • Has a long attention span (if interested)
  • Sensitive (feelings hurt easily)
  • Shows compassion
  • Morally sensitive (concerned with justice, fairness)
  • Has strong curiosity and asks tough questions
  • Tends to question authority
  • Perfectionistic
  • Has facility with numbers
  • Intense
  • Perseverant in areas of interest
  • Has high degree of energy
  • Judgment mature for age at times
  • Prefers older companions or adults
  • Likes to collect things
  • Has a wide range of interests (multipotentiality)
  • Is widely informed about many topics
  • Has a keen sense of humor
  • Is a keen observer
  • Has a vivid imagination
  • Is highly creative
  • Produces original or unusual products or ideas
  • Enjoys complicated games and puzzles