Allegany County Public Schools will recognize and nurture exemplary talents so that advanced learners are provided with an appropriately challenging education. This education will enable students to realize their fullest potential and to become contributing citizens of the world.
Gifted and talented students possess unique potential and needs which can be addressed through regular curriculum modifications and specialized programs. The Annotated Code of Maryland 8-201 has defined gifted and talented students as those who are identified by professionally qualified individuals and have outstanding abilities in the areas of:
- General Intellectual Capabilities
- Specific Academic Aptitudes
- Creative, Visual, and Performing Arts
Services may be required outside the regular school program in order to maximize the potential of these students. Thus, a menu of program options is available for gifted, highly able, talented, and potentially talented students whose abilities and/or aptitudes demand experiences that are beyond those normally provided by school programs. Instructional strategies are not appropriate for all students, therefore these programs and options are specialized to meet the needs of identified gifted learners.
This continuum of programs and options help to meet the diverse, developmentally appropriate needs of various gifted learners. The goal is to identify potential, expand the potential, and develop the potential into productive behaviors through the area of giftedness.
Educational opportunities may occur in the regular classroom, a resource classroom, or in optional voluntary environments. Extra-curricular activities may be available to enhance and showcase the talents of advanced learners.
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