Intellectually gifted children and youth are those who perform at or have demonstrated the potential to perform high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth require service 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. Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self or anyone with knowledge of a child can make a referral to receive gifted services. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist. The following areas are considered when determining eligibility for the program: aptitude, characteristics, and performance indicators. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services. For more information contact the gifted specialist in your child’s school or the gifted education coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Rosato at (256)245-5256.