Gifted and Talented

Jilliane McCardle, Ed.D., Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Gifted and Talented Services

Gifted children have the right to an education grounded in the recognition and celebration of their individual differences and unique learning needs. Creating an environment that encourages and nurtures inquiry, flexibility, and critical thinking, Model Laboratory School strives to provide gifted learners with specialized opportunities where they will be challenged and encouraged to excel beyond the classroom.

Model Laboratory School District shall formally identify students in grades four through twelve (4-12) for participation in the Gifted and Talented program. Pursuant to state regulations, gifted and talented children comprise a category of “exceptional students.” According to state regulations, a gifted and/or talented child is defined as one who is identified as possessing demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level. They also may possess a consistently outstanding mental capacity as compared to children of their own age, experience, or environment. Initial nominations and referrals may be accepted from students (self or peers), teachers, parents, and/or outside sources.