Welcome to Gifted Education


LEAP is an acronym for Logic Enrichment Academic Pursuit.  The program was established in 1985 to serve the academically talented students within the Hannibal School District.  Following guidelines by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, approximately five percent of the student population is provided gifted education services through the LEAP Program, with voluntary participation.

 The program is designed to provide a flexible, qualitatively-differentiated curriculum for gifted students which will challenge the individual, allow him/her regular opportunities to interact with intellectual peers, and guide the learner on the road to self-actualization and personal and civic responsibility.

 Program Goals

 It is the purpose of the LEAP Program to promote cognitive growth and development, creative and critical thinking skills, independent learning and affective development.  Specific objectives in these strands include the following:

  • Develop critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation)
  • Exhibit divergent thinking (fluency, flexibility, original and elaborative)
  • Develop and apply reasoning strategies (inferencing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning)
  • Demonstrating responsibility for self-learning and exploration
Testing Policies and Procedures

Gifted Education programs are reserved for the students who are as far from the superior student in potential as the superior is from the average student. An estimated 5-7% of school children are identified as gifted, meaning they are capable of high performance and in need of services or activities not normally provided in the regular classroom.  The task is to identify these students and to provide educational opportunities that will challenge and develop their abilities. 

Nominations for consideration in the Hannibal LEAP Program for gifted students may be made by classroom teachers, other school personnel, and parent(s)/guardian(s) during the window that is set annually.  Nomination by the parent means that in the parent’s opinion, the student has exhibited certain characteristics which are indicative of gifted behavior and has discussed this with the classroom teacher.  Nomination for the program does not mean automatic acceptance.  This is the first step in a comprehensive screening process. The next step involves gathering data concerning the student’s progress and abilities and developing an overall understanding of the child’s needs.  The results of this first step will provide information for consideration in the Hannibal LEAP Program for gifted students.  Please complete the form below by Friday, January 27, 2017.

2017 Request for LEAP Testing