Our Gifted and Talented students at Columbian receive instruction primarily in the regular classroom. With the help of our Gifted and Talented rep, Jill Daugherty, teachers alter instruction to accommodate the learning needs of our gifted population. Students are also pulled out of class on occasion to work with Ms. Daugherty on a focused unit of instruction. In addition, gifted student receive instruction on the unique needs of gifted children. Ms. Daugherty also runs our Shakespeare program and prepares students for Super School News. While these are programs that are open to any of our 4th and 5th grade students, both programs are designed with gifted students in mind.
To qualify for the gifted program, Ms. Daugherty routinely looks for qualifying test scores on the TCAP and PARCC, reading scores, scores on non-verbal tests given to every 2nd and 5th grader, and creativity tests given to every 3rd and 5th grader. If a child has the scores necessary for qualification, parents will be notified. Additional testing is not required for the gifted program. If, however, you feel that your child would benefit from the Highly Gifted program in DPS, an application needs to be completed and additional testing is necessary. Applications are available within the first couple of weeks of school and are due the first part of October. Testing takes place in late October and early November. Parents are notified of test results in time for the first round of Choice applications.