Gifted and Talented


Mrs. Tammy Perkins,

Gifted and Talented Coordinator/Instructor

Welcome to the SISD Gifted and Talented Program webpage! At Somerset Independent Schools, the general education teachers and visual/performing arts teachers consult with the GT Coordinator/Instructor to challenge students in their areas of giftedness. We work together to provide opportunities for gifted students and students with potential for giftedness to think critically and creatively, to problem solve, and to be intellectual risk-takers. We strive to foster academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and creative growth.

Areas of Identification for Gifted and Talented students are Creativity, General Intellectual Ability, Leadership, Specific Academic Aptitude (Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies), and Visual/Performing Arts (Music, Art, Dance and Drama). Information regarding specific requirements for each area can be found on the "Gifted Areas of Identification" page.

Formal GT testing is conducted during the Spring semester of 3rd grade and completed during the Fall semester of 4th grade. After 4th grade students are identified through:

  • Test Scores
  • Teacher Checklist of Skills
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Parent Recommendations (Please contact the GT office to discuss referring your child, as individual gifted areas require different forms of documentation.)
  • Work Samples
  • Observation Forms
  • Anecdotal Records
  • Portfolios
  • Auditions

Several service options are available to meet the unique needs of our gifted learners, however, not all service options are appropriate for all gifted students. While all gifted students are serviced through consultation and differentiation, parents, administrators, teachers, and students are consulted when other service options are available and/or appropriate. Available service options include, but are not limited to:

  • Consultation: The GT Coordinator/Instructor consults with the teachers to provide support and resources for gifted learners in general education classrooms.

  • Differentiation: Instruction, lessons, activities, assessments, or authentic products are personalized to challenge the strengths of gifted learners.

  • Subject Acceleration: Gifted learners may be accelerated one or more grade levels in a subject area.

  • Independent Study: Gifted learners research a topic of interest and create an original product at the teacher's and GT Coordinator's discretion.

While we challenge gifted learners in their areas of strengths, we also provide support for any academic or social-emotional deficiencies. Differentiation of instruction occurs daily in the general education classrooms to meet the varied needs of students. Progress reports are sent once each semester on mid-term and end-of-year grade cards.

Please direct any questions or concerns to: Tammy Perkins at or the GT office located in Room 300 at Somerset High School.

Elementary and Middle School GT students hard at work!


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The following regulation details the Gifted and Talented programs in Kentucky:


  • May read early

  • May exhibit intense interest in a particular subject area.

  • May struggle to stay on task.

  • May read voraciously.

  • May struggle with perfectionism.

  • May act out in class.

  • May talk constantly.

  • May sound more adult in conversation than other students.

  • May complete work quickly and correctly.

Bright Child vs Gifted Child

A Bright Child.... A Gifted Child.......

Knows the answer Asks the questions, sometimes deep probing/abstract

Is interested Is highly curious

Is attentive Is mentally and physically involved

Has good ideas Has wild and sometimes silly ideas

Works hard Plays around, yet tests well

Answers the questions Discusses in detail, elaborates

Top group Beyond the group

Listens with interest Shows strong feelings and opinions

Learns with ease Already knows

6-8 repetitions for mastery 1-2 repetitions for mastery

Understands ideas Constructs abstractions

Enjoys peers Prefers adults/older children, seeks out very bright peers

Grasps the meaning Draws inferences and opens up new questions

Completes assignments Initiates projects

Is receptive Is intense

Copies accurately Creates a new design

Enjoys school Enjoys learning but may not like school

Absorbs information Manipulates information

Technician Inventor - loves construction toys

Good memorizer Good guesser-draws on vast information store

Is alert Is keenly observant - seems to remember fine details

Is pleased with own learning Is highly self-critical-can be a perfectionist at times



PTP Brochure

Center for Gifted Studies

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

KDE Links of Interest