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Gifted & Talented Program

Middle School – Gifted & Talented Program

Students at the 6th-8th grade levels are served through Pre-AP classes.  Thinking skills, critical and creative problem solving skills and research skills are emphasized. Affective needs of gifted students are addressed, as well.   Project Lead the Way lessons in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are options at the 7th and 8th grade levels. Quiz Bowl  and the Scripps National Spelling Bee are competitions that take place during the middle school years. The Duke Tip program is an option for students scoring above the criteria  during the 7th grade year.

Arkansas State Department of Education: Definition of Giftedness- "Gifted and talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability, whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services. Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through an interaction of above average intellectual ability, task commitment and/or motivation, and creative ability. "

Helpful Websites

National Association for Gifted Children
Duke Tip Program
Hoagies' Gifted page:
Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE)
Purdue University Gifted Education Resource Institute
Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Includes weekly literature-based word activities, a listing of local spelling bees, the history of the national (American) event, rules, and answers to frequently ...


Characteristics of Gifted Children

  • Have an unusually large vocabulary for age
  • Display long-term recall of much information
  • Demonstrate intense concentration
  • Learn to read on their own
  • Possess keen sense of humor
  • Show unusual independence for age
  • Be creative and imaginative beyond age
  • Tend to be perfectionist
  • Sustain interest in one or more fields of knowledge over years
  • Have self-directed interests
  • Easily master intellectual skills
  • Be interested in and concerned about community/world problems
  • Often be self-critical and overly sensitive
  • Continually question the status quo
  • Apply learning from one situation to another
  • Solve problems in a unique manner
  • Have different behavior style
  • Enjoy reading about a wide rage of topics
  • Reason abstractly


Contact information

Phyllis Burger
Gifted and Talented Coordinator/Teacher
Camden Fairview Public Schools