Gifted Services

Gifted Specialist - Nicole DeVargas / LS Gifted Testing Information

Our mission is to provide the most appropriate education for our gifted students. Programs are designed to provide an optimal match between the student’s potential and academic challenges, as well as social-emotional interactions and growth. Services for students identified as gifted are available at all elementary, middle and high schools. Students who are gifted have learning needs that go beyond what is traditionally offered in the regular classroom. The nature of their abilities, demonstrated or latent, requires differentiated learning experiences and opportunities for them to maximize their potential. Teachers develop the depth and quality of their students’ experiences while adjusting the pace to meet individual needs. 

A continuum of services is offered in grades K-12 throughout the district. Gifted services may vary according to school needs and enrollment and are not limited to: Blended Differentiation Model, Enrichment Model, Consultative Services Model, Secondary Advanced Academic Programs, and Academic Acceleration. Gifted services support a challenging and rigorous curriculum that aligns with Florida’s Framework for K-12 Gifted Learners in addition to research-based gifted materials. 

Gifted eligibility defined: A student is determined to be eligible for gifted service as defined by current State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03019, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), Special Instructional Programs for Students Who Are Gifted. This rule states (1) “Gifted. One who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance. (2) Criteria for eligibility. A student is eligible for special instructional programs for the gifted if the student meets the criteria under paragraph (2) (a) or (b) of this rule.  

(a) The student demonstrates: 1. Need for a special program. 2. Most characteristics of gifted students according to a standard scale or checklist; and 3. Superior intellectual development as measured by an intelligence quotient of two (2) standard deviations or more above the mean on an individually administered standardized test of intelligence.”  

(b) “The student is a member of an under-represented group and meets the criteria specified in an approved school district plan. For the purpose of the rule, under-represented populations are defined as groups who are limited English proficient (LEP) or who are from a low socio-economic status (SES) family.”  

Any student may be nominated as a potential candidate for gifted services. Following the completion of assessment and evaluation, a team will convene to review the evaluations and determine the student’s eligibility based on state criteria for eligibility for gifted. 

Screening for Gifted Information: 22-23 Screening-for-Gifted

Gifted Parent Advisory Meetings (GPAC)

The Gifted Parent Advisory Council meets four times per year to share information related to the nature and needs of gifted learners and seek input from community stakeholders about ways in which we can improve our efforts in serving our gifted students. Parents of K-12 gifted students from throughout the district are encouraged to come to all the meetings.  

View the GPAC Meeting Schedule.

 Please refer any questions to: 

Sherri-Lee Heath – Gifted Program Specialist
[email protected]
or (904) 547-8916 

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