The Monroe County Board of Education would like to inform all parents that services are provided for intellectually and creatively gifted students. Intellectually gifted children and youth are those who perform at or have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Children and youth possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. Gifted students may be found within any race, ethnicity, gender, economic class, or nationality. In addition, some students with disabilities may be gifted.
The Monroe County School System realizes that gifted students are unique and have special needs and interests. Because of these needs, a gifted program was established to serve the intellectually and creatively gifted in Monroe County. In addition, some students with disabilities may be found to be gifted. The Monroe County School System shall prohibit discrimination against any student on the above basis with respect to their participation in the gifted program.
The gifted program should not be seen only as an acceleration or extension of regular classroom activities, but rather work and activities independent of the regular curriculum. A differentiated curriculum is provided to challenge the students to reach their potential. Activities that foster the growth and development of leadership abilities are included in the program. Gifted and talented students are assisted in understanding the moral implication of their gifts. The program enables gifted and creative students to make positive and beneficial contributions to their community and society both now and in the future.
The students are on a two-week rotating schedule which allows them to come to the Learning Enrichment classroom every two weeks for a full day of instruction and activities, and needed time with their similarly gifted peers.