Gifted education is provided to children who meet the criteria described in Pennsylvania School Law and district policy. The process of determining eligibility begins with a collection of screen information from a variety of sources, such as scores of cognitive abilities and achievement tests, grades, and teacher ratings. When multiple criteria indicate that the student may need instruction beyond the regular education curricula, an individual test of intelligence is administered and information from parents is requested. Parental permission is obtained prior to collecting the initial data and before the individual intelligence test is administered. An individual intelligence test administered by a certified school psychologist who is not employed by the district will be considered, along with the other data required for a Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation. When a student meets the criteria, a Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP) is developed and Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) is presented for parental approval of the program and placement.
The gifted program options include:
- The pull-out experience (QUEST) includes 90-minutes per week of instruction and activities with a gifted education teacher and other identified gifted students.
- Acceleration in depth includes application, extension, and enrichment activities that replace and/or supplement work in grade-level courses.
- Acceleration in pacing is instruction at an advanced level. A student must demonstrate the skills necessary for placement at an advanced level in reading and/or math.