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Gifted & Talented

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Welcome to the Garfield Re-2 Gifted and Talented Education Department!

The Gifted and Talented Department oversees the identification and programming for gifted students for the Garfield Re-2 School District. Each building has a Gifted and Talented Coordinator who is responsible for testing and identification, Advanced Learning Plans, and coordinating gifted student services in their building. 


The Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) defines "gifted" children as:


Those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities 12.01(16)

Garfield Re-2 conducts business for our gifted students using this definition.

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All gifted students will accomplish challenging post-secondary workforce goals and become productive, creative citizens capable of succeeding in their area of strength.


Ensure gifted student growth and achievement through systems of support, programming and advocacy.

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Directors of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment:
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Simone Richardson
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Jacob Pingel