All students have a right to an education commensurate
with their ability to learn. Likewise, all children should be
challenged to their highest potential.
Students who demonstrate potential
far beyond that of their age peers may need differentiated programs
and services. By virtue of advanced development and interests,
students may need opportunities beyond the regular classroom.
Gifted students come from all
cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and possess unique abilities
and needs. The curriculum planned for them must be diverse,
advanced and complex enough to meet their needs. These opportunities
should provide for growth in intellectual, creative, affective
and aesthetic domains.
The Pattonville Gifted Program
does not substitute or replace the excellent classroom instruction
and enrichment already provided by the district. Instead, it
provides options compatible with the needs, abilities and interests
of the gifted learners.