ExCEL-Gifted and Talented & AP Programs
"Exceptional Challenge for Exceptional Learning
Beebe Public Schools
Beebe School District has a history of commitment to excellence. Part of that commitment entails
helping every student meet his/her full potential.
The district recognizes and supports the concept of differentiated curricula for students placed in the gifted and talented program.
All students identified as gifted and talented in the state have the right to an appropriate education. Responding to the concern for educational programming for gifted and talented students, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 106 of 1979. This legislation established the Office for the Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement. Funds were appropriated to provide financial assistance to school districts operating programs for gifted and talented students. Guidelines were developed to provide information to assist districts in planning, implementing, and evaluating those programs.
The following definition shall guide Arkansas districts in providing services and opportunities for students identified as gifted and talented:
Gifted and talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services.
Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development,
will be evidenced through an interaction of above-average intellectual ability, task commitment and /or motivation, and creative ability.
*Accelerated classes and AP courses are programming options for students who are identified as part of the Gifted and Talented Program. Accelerated classes and AP courses fall under the umbrella of the Division of Gifted and Talented at the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education / DESE (Arkansas Department of Education.