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Gifted And Talented Student Program   

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A gifted and talented student is one who is identified as possessing demonstrated or potential abilities that give evidence of high performance capability in categories selected by the Board of Trustees. (Education Code 52201)

A highly gifted student is one who has achieved a measured intelligence quotient of 150 or more points on an assessment of intelligence administered by qualified personnel or has demonstrated extraordinary aptitude and achievement in language arts, mathematics, science, or other academic subjects, as evaluated and confirmed by both the student's teacher and principal. Highly gifted students shall generally constitute not more than one percent of the student population. (Education Code 52201)

A special day class for gifted and talented students consists of one or more classes totaling a minimum school day where each class: (5 CCR 3840)

1. Is composed of gifted and talented students

2. Is designed to meet the specific academic needs of gifted and talented students for enriched or advanced instruction and is appropriately differentiated from other classes in the same subjects at the school

3. Is taught by a teacher who has specific preparation, experience, personal attributes and competencies in the teaching of gifted children

A part-time grouping is one in which students attend classes or seminars that are organized to provided advanced or enriched subject matter for a part of the school day and those classes are composed of identified gifted and talented students. (5 CCR 3840)

A cluster grouping is one in which students are grouped within a regular classroom setting and receive appropriately differentiated activities from the regular classroom teacher. (5 CCR 3840)

Independent study provides additional instructional opportunities supervised by a certificated district employee through special tutors or mentors or through enrollment in correspondence courses specified in Education Code 51740 and 5 CCR 1633. (5 CCR 3840)

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

Acceleration means that students are placed in grades or classes more advanced than those of their chronological age group and are provided special counseling and/or instruction outside the regular classroom in order to facilitate their advanced work. (5 CCR 3840)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

Postsecondary education opportunities offer students the opportunity to attend classes conducted by college or community college or to participate in Advanced Placement programs. (5 CCR 3840)

(cf. 6141.5 - Advanced Placement)

Enrichment activities are supplemental educational activities that augment students' regular educational programs in their regular classrooms. Students use advanced materials and/or receive special opportunities from persons other than the regular classroom teacher. (5 CCR 3840)

Program Plan

The Superintendent or designee shall develop a written plan for the district's program which includes the components specified in 5 CCR 3831.

Identification of Gifted and Talented Students

Students shall be selected for the program based on their demonstrated or potential ability for high performance in one or more of the following categories: (Education Code 52202, 5 CCR 3822)

1. Intellectual, creative, specific academic, or leadership ability

2. High achievement

3. Talent in visual or performing arts

The Superintendent or designee shall design methods to seek out and identify gifted and talented students from varying linguistic, economic and cultural backgrounds. (5 CCR 3820)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

Evidence of students' capability may include any of the following: (5 CCR 3823)

1. School, class and individual student records

2. Individual tests, including summary and evaluation by a credentialed school psychologist

4. Interviews and questionnaires by a teacher, parent/guardian or others

5. Student products, comments from peers, and opinions of professional persons

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

Such evidence shall consider the economic, linguistic and cultural characteristics of students' background. (5 CCR 3823)

Prior to making a final determination of a student's eligibility, the pertinent evidence shall be evaluated by the student's principal or designee, a classroom teacher familiar with the student's work, and, when appropriate, a credentialed school psychologist. A person recognized as an expert in the gifted and talented category under consideration, and/or a person who has in-depth understanding of the student's linguistic or cultural group, shall participate in the evaluation of the evidence unless there is no doubt as to the student's eligibility. These persons shall meet as necessary to resolve any differences in assessment and recommendations. (5 CCR 3824)

The Superintendent or designee shall make the final determination of a student's eligibility.

The Superintendent or designee may also identify as gifted and talented any student who has transferred from a district in which he/she was identified as a gifted and talented student. (Education Code 52202)

(cf. 5118 - Transfers)

The Superintendent or designee may establish an identification and placement committee to review evidence of students' capacities and make recommendations regarding the eligibility of individual students.

Written parental consent shall be secured before students participate in the program. (5 CCR 3831)

Community College Enrollment

With parental consent, a principal may recommend students of any age or grade level for part-time enrollment in community college courses. (Education Code 48800)

Special part-time students may enroll in up to 12 units per semester, or the equivalent, in a community college. Such students shall receive credit for community college courses that they complete at a level jointly determined appropriate by the Board and community college district board. (Education Code 48800, 76001)

Any student's parent/guardian may petition the Board to authorize the student to attend a community college as a special full-time student if he/she believes the student would benefit from advanced scholastic or vocational work that would thereby be available. (Education Code 48800.5)

If the Board denies a request for special part-time or full-time enrollment at a community college for a student who is identified as highly gifted and talented as defined above, the Board shall issue its written recommendation and the reasons for the denial within 60 days. The written recommendation and denial shall be issued at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting that falls at least 30 days after the request has been submitted. (Education Code 48800, 48800.5)


Approved: April 6, 2004 Lawndale, California