In accordance with the philosophy to develop the special abilities of each student, the District will offer a highly capable program which provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students selected for the program access to a basic education program that accelerates learning and enhances instruction. The framework for such programs will encompass, but not be limited to, the following objectives:
A. Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills;
B. Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence and responsibility;
C. Development of a positive attitude toward self and others; and
D. Development of originality and creativity.
Procedures exist that are consistent with state guidelines for nomination, assessment and selection of children of demonstrated achievement or potential ability in terms of general intellectual ability, academic aptitude and creative or productive thinking.
Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within student’s general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain.
Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:
1. Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;
2. Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than others peers;
3. Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
4. Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
5. Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.