Gifted and Talented Education Programs

Gifted and Talented Education Programs

Welcome -

What does it mean to be Gifted?

from the National Association for Gifted Children --

“Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).” 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education defines “mentally gifted” as “Outstanding intellectual and creative ability the development of which requires specially designed programs or support services, or both, not ordinarily provided in the regular education program.” PA School Code (24 P. S. §  13-1371)

In other words, Gifted services are specifically afforded to those students that not only demonstrate highly intellectualized and exceptional academic and thinking skills; but also require specially designed instruction that is not provided in the regular classroom program.

Gifted can mean different things in different cultures. Gifted and talented characteristics may be expressed in many ways.

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to revealing the talents of all of our students and providing all students with a variety of options and activities to challenge their creativity. 

The Gifted child vs the Bright child (from the National Council on Gifted Children) 

To learn more click on the links and explore --




We value your feedback. Send questions and comments to  gifted@philasd.org