Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Giftedness?
As a parent, we all believe our children are “gifts” and possess very special traits that make them unique and extraordinary. However, in the education world, the term “gifted” has come to mean children who demonstrate high performance in specific areas or domains, or who have the potential for exceptional performance. At this time, gifted education is not mandated by the federal government. Therefore, you will find states throughout our nation vary greatly in how they identify gifted students and the programming opportunities provided to meet the unique learning needs of these children.
How Do I Know If My Student is Gifted?
There are many characteristics and traits gifted children often demonstrate. Parents and family members are obviously the first to observe these traits early in their student’s life. Here are some of the possible characteristics you may have observed in your student:
- Reasons well, is curious and is good at solving problems
- Very observant and curious
- Learns rapidly and has an excellent memory
- Learned to read before entering school and is an avid reader
- Is good with numbers and puzzles, can solve math problems innately
- Is intense, sensitive and has a high degree of energy
- Is a perfectionist and has a long attention span
- Highly creative and a keen observer
- Often prefers older peers or adults
- Advanced sense of humor
- Nonconforming, stubborn and self-critical
- Messy and bored with routine tasks
Can Parents or Guardians Refer Their Student for a Gifted Screening?
YES!! We believe that family members know their student best. Family can certainly inform us if your student is demonstrating gifted behaviors at home that we might not have had a chance to observe at school. If you would like to refer your student for a gifted screening, please download the form on the Parent Resource Documents page. Complete the form and return it to your building principal. A team of educators will review your form, your student’s assessment data and classroom performance. If your student meets the criteria established by Fountain-Fort Carson School District and the state of Colorado for gifted identification, you will be notified of the identification and invited to participate in the Advanced Learning Plan process. A parent referral does not guarantee gifted identification.