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Volusia County Schools
Find Your Gifted Site
Exceptional Student Education
Who Are The Gifted?
Florida's Department of Education defines a gifted student as one who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance. Criteria for eligibility for the program includes:
Need for special program
Demonstration of a majority of characteristics for gifted students according to a standard scale or checklist.
Superior intellectual development as measured by an intelligence quotient of two standard deviations or more above the mean on an individually administered standardized test of intelligence.
Unusual retentiveness and the capacity to learn at faster rates;
Unusual capacity to manipulate;
Unusually varied interest and curiosity;
Advanced language development;
Accelerated pace of thought process;
Heightened capacity for seeing unusual and diverse relationships;
Ability to generate original ideas and solutions;
Early ability to generate original ideas and solutions;
Early ability to use and form conceptual frameworks;
Persistent, goal-directed behavior;
Increased ability to find, solve, and act on problem;
Early development of sophisticated thought process (e.g., thinking in alternatives, abstract terms, sensing consequences, making generalizations).
Unusual emotional depth and sensitivity;
Unusual sensitivity to expectations and feelings of others;
Keen sense of humor;
Heightened self-awareness accompanied by feelings of being different;
Idealism and strong sense of justice;
Early development of an inner focus of control;
Advanced levels of moral judgment.
*Adapted from Barbara Clark in
Growing Up Gifted