290-8-9-.12 Gifted. (1) Definition. Intellectually gifted children and youth are those who perform or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Children and youth possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. --- Alabama Administrative Code
Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, the student, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student. All second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals. A checklist of gifted Traits, Attributes, and Behaviors, provided by the Alabama State Department of Education, is completed by second grade classroom teachers. The gifted specialist works with students to generate work samples created by the second grade students. This information is then used to determine which second grade students will be referred for the gifted program.
For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. This information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned by a student determines the student’s eligibility for gifted services.
If you have any questions or would like to make a referral, you may contact your child’s teacher. You may also contact the Gifted Specialist, Mrs. Keller Monet L. Davis, at (251) 246-3597 or the Special Education Coordinator, Mrs. Angie Jordan, at (251) 275-3255.