The Hopkins Public Schools Gifted & Talented Services program offers support and guidance to our most able learners. The mission of this program is to provide gifted students the opportunity to discover and nurture their potential for academic excellence in challenging and supportive environments.
Each of our schools has a full-time Gifted & Talented coordinator who ensures exceptional students have access to rigorous educational opportunities in core subject areas. In conjunction with the classroom teachers, they provide a variety of programs and services for identified students in all grades.
Boasting a variety of educational opportunities is a fundamental feature of our Gifted & Talented Services program. By providing services appropriate to the academic level of each gifted student, each learner has the opportunity to achieve their highest potential. This philosophy ensures services are adequately provided to gifted students who are hard to identify through formal means, such as standardized testing.
Level I service is available to all students and may be provided by the classroom teacher, a volunteer or guest speaker, media specialist, or the music or art specialist. Examples of Level 1 service include:
- Daily classroom work
- BRAVO music
- Art Adventure presentations
- Visiting literary scholars
- Field trips
Level II service is available to many students and is often accessed by personal choice or teacher referral. Examples of Level II service include:
- Enriched reading groups
- Flex and honors Courses
- Imagination Fair
- Future Cities
- Knowledge Masters
- Destination Imagination
- Young Scientist Roundtable
Level III service is available to some students who are selected based on multiple criteria. Service usually occurs in groups with students who have similar exceptional abilities. This level of service includes:
- Accelerated math
- Autonomous Learner Model (ALM) classes
- Credit-by-Assessment acceleration
The following high school courses are selected by the students because of their high level of rigor and are also Level III service.
- Independent study
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- College-in-the-Schools (CIS)
- Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO)
Level IV service is available to a few students whose academic needs are significantly different from their peers. Such students need modification of their educational programs to reach their potential. Examples of service include:
- Subject or grade acceleration
- Early school entrance
- Individualized programs based on the students' needs
Our Guiding Beliefs:
The Gifted & Talented Services program embraces the following beliefs:
- High expectations inspire individuals to excel.
- Lifelong learning is essential in an ever-changing global society.
- Each person is unique and has unlimited, intrinsic value.
- A quality education enriches the individual and expands options throughout life.
- Having the courage to seek challenges and to take risks is necessary for continued growth and change.
- Gifted learners have accelerated and complex intellectual development, often leading to unique social and emotional needs.
- Gifted learners come from all cultural, socioeconomic, racial, and ethic groups.
- Recognizing that this population has diverse talents and needs, a continuum of services should be provided.