The state of Missouri defines gifted children as "those children who exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a standard grade level curriculum."
In the WGSD, gifted students have the opportunity to achieve district goals at the level commensurate with their ability. They will also be challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in complex and advanced ways so that they can continue to develop academically. Along with the state’s Show-Me Standards, the Webster Groves School District Gifted and Talented Program Goals include:
- To provide challenging learning experiences beyond the regular curriculum.
- To develop and promote high level thinking and problem solving skills.
- To develop creative expression.
- To provide opportunities to develop self-awareness, autonomy, and self direction.
- To provide opportunities for sharing and exchanging ideas in a supportive environment.
Nominations may be submitted any time during the year however there are deadline dates to guarantee the student is evaluated in the current school year. Nomination forms must be completed and returned to the building gifted specialist or district Gifted Coordinator by the district-wide deadlines of November 15 (for high school consideration for second semester only) and December 15 (for consideration at any grade level during the current school year). Nomination forms for the Fine Arts Gifted Program must be completed and returned to the gifted specialist or gifted coordinator by the district-wide deadline of December 15 of each year. The deadlines will be honored in order to allow adequate time for the screening and evaluation process to take place.
The Webster Groves School District community is committed to academic and personal success for every student.
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