The Hillsboro School District, in collaboration with parents and community members, will recognize and actively support gifted and high potential students so they may achieve academic and personal excellence in a rigorous and relevant learning environment.
Gifted students will
- become analytical thinkers, creative producers, and practical problem solvers,
- develop and demonstrate individual confidence and personal responsibility, and
- use their gifts to contribute to the betterment of their community.
Differentiation in curricula, instruction, and assessment will
- stimulate and challenge gifted students to expand their intellectual horizons,
- emphasize advanced, conceptually challenging, in-depth, destinctive, and complex content,
- be specific to individual student's assessed levels and accelerated rates of learning, and
- prepare students to become responsible, broad-minded, contributing members of a diverse society.
- Gifted children have an intense desire to explore and question their universe.
- Gifted students are different as learners, often demonstrate unique learning styles, and have academic, emotional, and social needs that must be recognized and nurtured in school.
- Gifted children must be seen as average with gifts, not as superior with faults.
Importance of Gifted Education
- The goal of the gifted education program is to provide a differentiated curriculum for academically gifted students in the areas of thinking, performance, and research skills, as well as affective awareness necessary to meet their needs.
- Gifted education provides interventions to accommodte the child's passion for learning and their need for creative expression.
- Gifted and talented students need a rigorous and relevant curriculum delivered in a creative, flexible, and supportive instructional environment.
- Gifted children are diverse compared to their chronological peers due to their elevated intellectual and creative abilities, and need support and validation from those who nurture their giftedness.
- Giftedness knows no boundaries of socioeconomic class, gender, or race.
- Gifted children need to associate with their intellectual peers to stimulate learning and contribute to affective development.
- Appropriate learning environments and strategies foster success providing challenging and rigorous activities that enhance self-esteen.
- Positive self-esteen enhances lifelong learning and future success.
- Gifted education supports and values the important role of the family in their child reaching his/her full potential.
- The partnership of home, school, and community is crucial to the success of gifted children.