There are many definitions of giftedness and equally as many ways to formally identify whether or not a child is gifted. Essentially, as NAGC defines in the article “What is Giftedness?”, “Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age.” Students can exhibit gifted abilities in various spheres – creatively, intellectually, musically, academically across the board or in a specific subject area such as math, language arts, or science.
The process for referring a student for testing, identifying that student’s needs, and developing services based on those needs involves:
If you are interested in having your child assessed, you may contact the school for details about when testing will be done at the site. You may also fill out this form and you will be contacted.
Testing is done two times each year at the elementary schools: October/November and January/February. Please contact your school for specific information.
If you have moved into the District after testing has been completed for the year, please fill out this survey. Testing is done during the summer.
See this flyer for information about the events that are being held this year. Reach out to the office at your school for information about the events in which your school is participating.
Washington County School District offers an array of services for our advanced students; in the classroom, grade-level, school-wide, and District based.
This continuum of services can include pull-out, enrichment, acceleration, grouping, mentoring, service opportunities and academic competitions. These options begin the elementary schools. Also available in the elementary schools is the Advanced Learning Program, offered at two schools. These schools offer high ability classes in grades 1-5. Students must score well on the advanced assessments and be invited to attend these magnet schools.
The Advanced Learning Program offers a unique environment for the high ability learner; the pace is quick and the learning is deep and complex. Curriculum and strategies are geared specifically to this type of learner. Social and emotional aspects of the high ability learner are also addressed.
The need for gifted education does not end at the end of the elementary years. Secondary gifted education should build upon a challenging curriculum introduced in the elementary years. Gifted education should include strong mentoring; sustained enrichment; and opportunities to work with peer networks.
**Maureen Marron spends a lot of time thinking about how schools can meet the needs of high-ability students. An associate research scientist at the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, Marron sees grade skipping as just one option in an academic tool kit known as “acceleration.”
“Skipping a grade isn’t the answer for every gifted student,” Marron says. “Acceleration means matching the curriculum to a student’s abilities. For one student, that may mean grade skipping; for another, it may mean acceleration in a single subject, like math; for other students, enrichment-based activities in the classroom are all they need.” Other acceleration options for high-performing children can include starting kindergarten early, taking AP courses in high school, or fast-tracking to college.**
Washington County School District has a dedicated process for acceleration consideration that takes into account academic achievement, ability, social and emotional readiness, and other factors. If you are interested in having your child considered for whole grade acceleration, please contact your school’s principal to begin the process.
We serve the High Ability needs of the students in Washington County.
Coral Cliffs Professional Learning Center
2040 W 2000 N
Saint George, Utah 84770
T: 435-634-7025 x4208
WCSD delivers a continuum of services aligned to a rigorous and differentiated curriculum in which students are challenged to take supported risks, to pursue their maximum intellectual potential, develop talent, and increase depth of understanding.