Dallas International School defines gifted and talented students as those who excel consistently or who show the potential to excel in a combination of the following areas: general aptitude, specific academic field, creative and productive thinking and ability, and leadership ability. These students require educational experiences beyond those normally provided by the regular school program.
"The term ‘gifted and talented,” when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities." – Federal Definition of Gifted
The goals of the gifted program are to provide opportunities for developing:
- Critical and creative thinking and problem solving strategies
- Intellectual and creative abilities
- Self-directed and life-long learning skills
- Leadership and teamwork
The purpose of the gifted program is to identify gifted students and nurture their special abilities and needs; thereby, assisting them in translating their gifts of potential into productive performances and products that are commensurate with their abilities. Dallas International School will utilize many techniques with an emphasis on inclusion and co-teach in order to address this population while still benefiting others. It is our goal to address the individual needs of all students.