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Gifted and Talent Development

Gifted and talented children are those students with outstanding abilities and capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. They have significantly different educational needs from their peers and require educational differentiation as a regular part of their school day to ensure they reach their full potential. District 196 uses multiple criteria to help identify gifted and talented students.

Screening and identification process

District 196 conducts universal screening at a district level to find students who are demonstrating outstanding abilities and are capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. We use multiple criteria for a strengths-based identification of gifted and talented students. 

We screen and identify students annually in grades 2 through 5.

  • All second-grade students enrolled in District 196 are universally screened.
  • In 2019-20, all third-grade students enrolled in District 196 are universally screened. In 2020-21 and moving forward, all fourth-grade students will be universally screened.
  • Students in grades 4 and 5 who are not previously identified but are demonstrating outstanding abilities may be screened by school request with parent permission. 

The identification process begins in October and ends in April. There is no screening available outside of this process.

Contact

Michelle Pollei,
Falcon Ridge GT Coordinator

 

651-683-6969, ext. 85301
Michelle.Pollei@district196.org​​​​​​​

Enrichment Opportunities and Information

GT and enrichment opportunities will be added as they are offered. Information will also be shared via the Falcon Ridge Middle School daily school announcements and weekly parent emails. (Be sure to sign up!)