How Can I Tell if Gifted Education Is Right for My Child?

My child...

  • Expresses curiosity about many things
  • Asks thoughtful and complex questions
  • Has an extensive vocabulary and uses complex sentence structure
  • Demonstrates abstract thought processes; thrives on complexity
  • May be very intense or sensitive; shows strong feelings or opinions
  • Is able to express herself / himself well
  • Solves problems or organizes information in unique ways
  • May be highly energetic
  • Has an unusually good memory
  • May exhibit unusual talent in art, music, or drama
  • Has an unusually strong moral sense
  • May be natural leaders
  • Uses previously learned data in new contexts
  • Quick to grasp relationships; draws inferences
  • May see many solutions to a problem
  • Is well able to order things in logical sequence
  • Discusses and elaborates on ideas; gives complicated/detailed explanations
  • Is a fast learner
  • May be developmentally advanced
  • May see ambiguity in factual information
  • Works independently and uses initiative
  • May prefer the company of older children and adults
  • Exhibits a highly developed sense of humor
  • May be perfectionistic, highly self-critical; likes to be the best in everything
  • May have varied interests
  • Has a sustained attention span; shows willingness to persist on challenging tasks (particularly in their area of interest)
  • Is very observant
  • Shows talent in making up and telling stories
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