• Philosophy 


    Widefield School District 3 strives to recognize and develop the unique talents and diverse
    qualities of students with high academic, cognitive, creative, leadership, or specific talent ability so
    that each child will be challenged to achieve his or her full potential. This will be accomplished
    through home, school and community partnership, broad-based and diverse educational
    opportunities, and clearly defined criteria for identification and curriculum development and
    measurable standards of student performance.

     

    Definition 

    “Gifted children” means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities,
    talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that
    they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five
    who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special education services.

    Gifted children represent all cultural, ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds and may
    demonstrate both gifts and disabilities. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities
    (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-
    economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance,
    exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of
    these areas of giftedness:

    • General or Specific Cognitive Ability 
      • Intellecutal ability is exceptional capability or potential recognized through cognitive processes (e.g., memory, reasoning, rate of learning, spatial reasoning, ability to find and solve problems, ability to manipulate abstract ideas and make connections). 
    • Specific Academic Aptitude
      • Specific Academic Aptitude is exceptional capability or potential in an academic content area(s) (e.g., a strong knowledge base or the ability to ask insightful, pertinent questions within the discipline). All academic areas should be considered.
    • Creative Ability 
      • Visual arts, performing arts, musical, dance or psychomotor abilities exceptional capabilities or potential in talent areas (e.g., art, drama, music, dance, body awareness, coordination, and physical skills).
    • Leadership Ability
      • Creative or productive thinking is exceptional capability or potential in mental processes (e.g., critical thinking, creative problem solving, humor, independent/original thinking, and/or product(s).
    • Specific Talent Aptitude
      • Leadership is the exceptional capability or potential to influence and empower people (e.g., social perceptiveness, visionary ability, communication skills, problem solving, inter-/intra-personal skills, and a sense of responsibility).