Gifted Education

  • Gifted students are those who perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. In addition, some students with disabilities may be gifted. The Alabaster City Board of Education prohibits discrimination against any student on the above basis with respect to his/her participation in the gifted program.

    A student may be referred by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities.

    Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.

    For each student referred, information is gathered in the following three areas:
    A. Aptitude - Assessed through an individual or group test of intelligence or creativity.
    B. Characteristics – A behavior rating scale designed to assess gifted behaviors in completed by a classroom teacher.
    C. Performance – At least three indicators of performance at a gifted level such as achievement test scores, grades, products, work samples, and/or portfolios.

    The scores from the assessments/items used are entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualified for gifted services.
    Contact the student’s teacher or the school counselor to refer a student for consideration for gifted services.

    For further information about these services, please contact  Dr. Keri Johnson, Coordinator of Exceptional Education at the Alabaster City Board of Education at 205-663-8400. To make a referral, please contact your child’s school.