Gifted & Talented

Thank you for visiting the Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor Community School District’s gifted and talented page. Our gifted and talented educational program (GATE) is designed to serve the students who excel or demonstrate the potential to excel beyond their peers in terms of general intellectual ability and/or a specific academic aptitude. Some students are more ready for advanced material, or may be able to understand material at a faster rate than their peers.

The program is based on the premise that students with abilities that are significantly beyond the norm for their age must be helped to further develop those abilities and increase their knowledge and understanding of both the area of strength and of their own giftedness. We believe in providing gifted students with opportunities and tools to grow in knowledge and ability in their areas of strength. We believe in encouraging inquiry, introspection, and understanding of those areas.

Strategies for meeting student needs include:

    • changing instruction to meet the specific needs of gifted students;
    • grouping students identified as gifted together when possible;
    • eliminating instruction on topics already mastered; and
    • replacing the topics with learning that stretches the student, accelerates learning, and enriches the learning experience.

The gifted and talented program’s goal is to support, challenge, and inspire students of high ability to develop, understand, and utilize their ability to improve their and others’ lives. Please check out the sub pages, especially the Parent Resources page (

I would love to hear from you. Please click on my name to email me.


Emily Higgins, Gifted and Talented Teacher