JCPS

Gifted and Talented

Welcome to the Jackson County Public Schools Gifted and Talented Website! Jackson County Public Schools is striving to support students, families, and educators during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Virtual Gifted and Talented Enrichment Support Materials and Resources for Students, Parents and Educators are available at the links below. Please contact Elizabeth Norris, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, at the Jackson County Board of Education if you have any questions.

Contact Information: phone (606) 287-7181 or email elizabeth.norris@jackson.kyschools.us

Please check back regularly. This page will continue to be updated with Enrichment Opportunities and Resources.

New Gifted and Talented End-of -Year Surveys

If you are the parent of a student in grades K-12 that participates in the Primary Talent Pool (K-3) or in the Gifted and Talented Program (grades 4-12), we would appreciate your feedback on gifted and talented programming. Please click the link below to complete a short survey. All surveys are anonymous. Thank you!

Parent Survey

If you are a student in grades 4-12 and you participate in the Gifted and Talented Program, we would appreciate your feedback on gifted and talented programming. Please click the link below to complete a short survey. All surveys are anonymous, but this survey is only open to students with a Jackson County Public School email address. Thank you!

Student Survey

Resources for Parents and Educators:

KAGE/Kentucky Association of Gifted Educators

KAGE/Virtual Gifted and Talented Virtual Enrichment Materials

Hoagies' Gifted Education

Gifted Guru

National Association for Gifted Children

KET Learn at Home

Description: KET and PBS are providing parents with on-air and online resources to help ensure learning continues at home. There are resources available for all grade levels.

Enrichment Resources for Students:

Grades 9-12

Description: Achievement in Career Engagement (ACE) is a process of developing work-based learning skills through an Endorsement Program, based on levels of successful accomplishments, confirmed through KEDC. ACE is designed to give students a digital and social profile page that will allow them to develop well rounded characteristics and show future employers their capabilities in the work-force Description: ACT Academy™ is a free online learning tool and test practice program designed to help students get the best score possible on the ACT test,and well on their way to college and career success.
Description: Students enrolled in grades 9 and up who are enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II have an ALEKS account
Description: CERT is an online assessment product that provides administrators, teachers, parents, and students with the information they need to maximize career and college opportunities for students. CERT allows schools to assess students through either online or offline test administrations. In addition to its assessment functionality, CERT provides remedial instruction to students through researched-based, instructional video lessons.
Description: HippoCampus.org is an Open Educational Resource that delivers high-quality academic content in middle-school and high-school classrooms during the day, and offers students study and homework resources in the evenings.
Description: Renaissance myON® Reader is a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.

Grades 6-8

Description: ACE Navigator helps students by connecting their achievements and aspirations with employers and universities.Description: CERT is an online assessment product that provides administrators, teachers, parents, and students with the information they need to maximize career and college opportunities for students. CERT allows schools to assess students through either online or offline test administrations. In addition to its assessment functionality, CERT provides remedial instruction to students through researched-based, instructional video lessons. Description: HippoCampus.org is an Open Educational Resource that delivers high-quality academic content in middle-school and high-school classrooms during the day, and offers students study and homework resources in the evenings.
  • i-Ready (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: i-Ready Instruction provides students with reading and math lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your child engaged as they learn.
  • myOn (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: Renaissance myON® Reader is a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.
  • Study Island (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: JCMS students have access to science and social studies content in Study Island. Study Island helps students master state-specific, grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. Study Island combines rigorous content that is highly customized to specific state standards with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement.

Grades 4-5

  • i-Ready (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: i-Ready Instruction provides students with reading and math lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your child engaged as they learn.
  • myOn (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: Renaissance myON® Reader is a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.
  • Reflex (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: Reflex provides students with opportunities to master basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division .
  • Study Island (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: Grade 5 students have access to social studies content in Study Island. Study Island helps students master state-specific, grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. Study Island combines rigorous content that is highly customized to specific state standards with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement.

Primary Talent Pool (Grades K-3)

  • i-Ready (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: i-Ready Instruction provides students with reading and math lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your child engaged as they learn.
  • myOn (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: Renaissance myON® Reader is a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.
  • Reflex (Students use "Clever" login)

Description: Reflex provides students with opportunities to master basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division .

All Grades

Description: Students may browse the public library's collection and access e-books. See the library's website for more information.Description: On the Kentucky Virtual Library’s website, students can search for articles, research specific topics or browse well-known titles, such as Scholastic GO! and Encyclopedia Britannica. Materials are available for students at all levels – from elementary grades through college and beyond, including adult learners, those entering the job market and those studying in health care.

Students, parents and educators have two options to access the Virtual Library.

First option: (For users with a verifiable email address from a Kentucky school, college or university, library or government agency.)
  • Users with an email address such as name@stu.fayette.kyschools.us, name@louisville.edu or name@uky.edu should visit KYVL.org to obtain a password. The homepage includes a section called “Quick Links.” In that section, users should click on the link called “Password Request.”
  • A prompt will appear asking for the user’s email address. Users should enter their information, click “Request Password,” and wait for an automatic reply in their inbox. That reply will include a username and password if the user’s email address is verifiable.
  • After receiving a password, users can browse the website, select databases and materials, or use the search box at the top of the homepage. When prompted, users can log in using the username and password.
Second option:
  • If users do not have an eligible email address, they may contact their local public library or private school librarian for assistance in obtaining a username and password.

Description: Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers. Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning.

Additional Enrichment Opportunity for Grades 4-8

Virtual Book Study (Optional)

  • Prior to the beginning of NTI days, the district was scheduled to offer a GT Seminar for students in April. The seminar will now be offered virtually as a book study. Students in grades 4-8 who would like to participate in the Virtual Book Study, may contact Mrs. Norris (elizabeth.norris@jackson.kyschools.us) or Mrs. Gilbert (loretta.gilbert@jackson.kyschools.us) to request materials and the Google Classroom access code.

  • Students may choose to read one of two books:

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Book Description

Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm

Book Description

Virtual Field Trips

Description: This website offers virtual tours of colleges and universities for middle school and high school students.
Description: This website offers Virtual Field Trips. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities.
Description: KET Electronic Field Trips allow students to virtually explore.

Additional Resources

Description: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that serves academically talented students in grades 4–12 . Duke TIP helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs. (There may be costs associated with some offerings.)


Disclaimer: The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Jackson County Public Schools of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein. The information on this website was compiled to support enrichment opportunities during COVID-19. As such, and due to the quick turnaround, resources have not been vetted by the district for technological use. Please monitor your child's online use of these resources. Please be aware that content on pages may change without notice.