The Louisa County School division is committed to the special needs of all gifted children by providing learning experiences that affirm and develop their potential. The Louisa County Public School Division embraces the definition of giftedness expressed by the U.S. Department of Education (1993), which states:

Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth exhibit high capability in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields. They require services or activities not ordinarily provided by schools. Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

Interested in having your child identified as talented and gifted?

Contact the Gifted Instructional Specialist at your child's school to find out more information. His or her information can be found by clicking here.


If your child exhibits the following characteristics, you might consider recommending him/her for the gifted evaluation process:

  • persists in pursuing or completing self-selected tasks,
  • shows unusual or advanced interests,
  • has an unusual ability to communicate,
  • devises or adopts systematic strategies to solve problems,
  • needs only 1 - 2 repetitions for mastery,
  • asks unusual questions for age,
  • shows exceptional ingenuity,
  • exhibits profound understanding of emotions,
  • seeks intellectual stimulation,
  • uses metaphors and analogies, and/or
  • senses being "different" socially.

This list is only a sampling of gifted characteristics to help you in the identification process. Gifted students can exhibit a wide variety of characteristics. If you would like to have your child evaluated for gifted services, please contact your child’s gifted instructional specialist.

*You may pause and rewind the Powtoon video to review any of the characteristics.