Gifted and Talented

Pulaski County


SMS 6th grade Gifted Students R.E.A.C.H. program.


Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Math

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4th Grade Gifted and new to the district screening


IReady Scores are under review for gifted specific subject area identification in math and reading.

Nominations for gifted science and social studies identfication are being taken in which students will take the Iowa assessment.

ALL NEW to District students are being accepted for gifted screening. Assessments will be scheduled by the gited department. 679-1123

Primary Talent Pool Student Review in progress.

Upcoming Activities for September

September 7-29 Cogat and Williams CAP testing for all elementary 4th grade students that qualified through the district screener

September 9th- 5th grade gited field trip the the Dr. Thomas Walker home in Barbourville, KY

September 15th- 6th grade gifted field trip to Cumberland Falls REACH Program

September 29th - 5th grade Fort Boonesborough Field Trip. https://parks.ky.gov/richmond/parks/historic/fort-boonesborough-state-park


Educational Travel

Travel Abroad Opportunities are available for sign up. Call the GT Office 679-1123 or email

Summer 2022 The Mediterranean and the Swiss Alps

Summer 2023 To be announced

Gifted Education Information for Pulaski County Schools

Please contact Beth Patrick

Message from the GT staff

We want to introduce the Gifted/Talented program in Pulaski County School District to you. As always, we are available for questions. Feel free to email or call, Beth Patrick or Krista Pierce.

To prospective GT students & parents:

GT is not a club or group you can join. It is an educational service that is provided to you, if you qualify pursuit to 704KAR 3:285. Kentucky formally identifies gifted students in grades 4-12 in the following areas:

*** General Intellectual: possessing either the potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in general intellectual ability and possessing a consistently outstanding mental capacity as compared to children of one’s age, experience, or environment. General intellectual ability is usually reflected in extraordinary performance in a variety of cognitive areas, such as abstract reasoning, social awareness, memory, spatial relations, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information. A composite score in the 9th stanine is required.

***Specific Academic Aptitude - (Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies) possessing either potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in specific academic areas significantly beyond the age, experience or environment of one’s chronological peers. While students with specific academic aptitude are typically of at least above average intellectual ability, they are often extremely capable of high performance in one or more related academic area (s). A composite score in the 9th stanine on a nationally normed referenced test of achievement is required.

***Leadership or Psycho-social Ability - possessing either potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in social skills and interpersonal qualities such as poise, effective oral and written expression, managerial ability, and the ability, or vision, to set goals and organize others to successfully reach those goals.

***Visual and Performing Arts Ability - possessing either potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in the visual or performing arts and demonstrating the potential for outstanding aesthetic production, accomplishment, or creativity in areas such as art, dance, drama, music.

***Creative and Divergent Thinking Ability - possessing either potential or demonstrated ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in creative thinking and divergent approaches to conventional tasks as evidenced by innovative or creative reasoning, advanced insight and imagination, and solving problems in unique ways.


GIFTED SERVICES

Gifted services for students include the following as appropriate per student and per gifted category:

School Services – These are the gifted service options that schools provide that must be decided at the administrative level.

Appropriate Courses - Schools provide an array of courses that include advanced placement, dual credit, honors, advanced, or leveled.

Acceleration - Schools provide subject-matter acceleration and whole-grade acceleration opportunities to students who have demonstrated the need for acceleration.

Early Entrance/Exit - Schools provide early admission to school and early graduation from school to students who have demonstrated the need.


Regular Education Teacher Services – These are the gifted service options that classroom teachers provide based on the needs of the individual gifted students in the classroom.

Differentiation - Teachers provide a variety of differentiation methods to match the needs of gifted students so that students may learn and demonstrate their learning in a manner that best matches their identified strengths with the curriculum and allows students to move through the curriculum faster or deeper. Differentiation methods may include pre-assessment, curriculum compacting, learning contracts, flexible grouping, tiered assignments, student choice, higher order thinking and questioning strategies, and/or extensions.

Gifted Education Teacher Services – These are the gifted service options that the GT Teacher may provide based on the needs of the school, classroom teachers, and gifted students.

Consultation - Gifted resource teacher may provide instructional information and materials to the regular classroom teacher for use in the regular classroom setting.

Seminars - Gifted resource teacher may provide services that are discussion-based sessions on specific topics focusing on advanced content and higher level process skills.

Resource Service - Gifted resource teacher may provide services in a pullout setting. Pullouts may be a part-time grouping of students with gifted characteristics based on the interests, needs and abilities of the students. Pullouts are designed for accelerated content, special interest groups, and process skills development.

Enrichment – Gifted resource teacher may provide services that are academically-based activities, programs, or competitions that may be offered before, during, or after school hours. These services may also be provided by other teachers.

Travel Study Options – Gifted resource teacher may provide services that are academically-based domestic or international travel and which may result in high school or university course credit.

Travel Pictures from last Summer Trip to London, Paris, Florence, and Rome