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Gifted and Talented Education Program

Mission

The Huntsville City Schools District Gifted Services provides exceptional students of all races and socio-economic groups educational experiences in which students construct knowledge through active learning and that are rigorous and relevant to students’ interests, abilities, culture, and readiness to learn.

Philosophy

Huntsville City Schools District Gifted Services seeks out students from all racial and socio-economic groups with advanced capabilities, both academic and creative, and facilitates their fullest potential. The State of Alabama defines intellectually gifted children and youth as those who perform or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to other students of their age, experience, or environment. These students 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. Students are identified as gifted in a multitude of areas using multiple criteria.  We recognize that talents and gifts may manifest in multiple disciplines. Talent areas are best nurtured through facilitating students actively acquiring knowledge and skills in processing information. Deep and complex understanding of the disciplines, social and emotional stability, and critical thinking allow students to become independent, lifelong learners. Gifted and general education teacher collaboration differentiates instruction, continuing the gifted students’ engagement in learning.

 

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