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GT Program Information

Kentucky Gifted Regulation
“Gifted and talented student” is included as a category of exceptional children (KRS 157.200) requiring accommodation in the Kentucky Education Reform Act.  According to 704 KAR 3:285, the administrative regulation for gifted education, gifted and talented students include those who are identified as possessing demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in general intellectual aptitude, specific academic aptitude, creative, or divergent thinking, psychosocial or leadership skills, or in the visual or performing arts.

The Henderson County Gifted and Talented Education Program is completing its 26th year of services to identified gifted students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  We identify and provide services for students in five areas of giftedness:
  • general intellectual
  • specific academic
  • creativity
  • leadership
  • visual and performing arts

Gifted/Talented Identification Process
The gifted and talented process requires informal/formal documentation and standardized assessments as appropriate.
Primary Talent Pool
Students in grades K-3 are informally identified for the Primary Talent Pool.   The Primary Talent Pool is a group of students who possess demonstrated or potential ability to perform at exceptionally high levels in the primary years (kindergarten through third grade).  Any primary child who functions at a consistently exceptional level in general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creativity, leadership or visual and performing arts may be placed in the Primary Talent Pool based upon two or more informal measures and one formal measure in each area nominated.  Formal identification measures, however, may not be used to deny services or to eliminate a student from the Primary Talent Pool.   Selection for the primary talent pool permits classroom teachers of these students to collaborate with the gifted consulting teacher and to provide these students with additional challenges to help them develop their potential.
It’s important to remember that selection into the Primary Talent Pool does not mean that your child will qualify for the Gifted and Talented Program.  That formal identification process does not occur until the end of the primary grades.
(Grades 4-12)
The formal identification of gifted/talented students begins at Grade 4.
  1. General Intellectual Ability
    Requires at least two pieces of supporting data in addition to either a score of 96-99 on a nationally-normed test of intellectual ability, or a cognitive skills indicator score of 128 or above.
  2. Specific Academic Aptitude
    Requires at least two pieces of supporting data in addition to a score of 96-99 on a nationally-normed test in a specific academic subject.
  3. Creativity
    Requires at least three pieces of supporting data from the classroom teacher, student, and/or parent.
  4. Leadership
    Requires at least three pieces of supporting data from the classroom teacher, student, and/or parent.
  5. Visual/Performing Arts
    Visual Arts Portfolio: Requires at least three pieces of original student art work that demonstrates strong artistic ability. Performing Arts: Student audition must demonstrate excellence in the performance area.
Elementary Gifted Strand Classrooms (Grades 1-5)
Students gifted in the area(s) of General Intellect, Reading, Lang. Arts, Math, Science, or S. Studies are placed in Gifted Strand Classrooms where gifted students are grouped in clusters of 8-12 students along with other students of varying abilities.  The purpose of the cluster grouping is to enable the classroom teacher and gifted/talented specialist to collaborate to provide appropriate instruction to these students as well as ensuring that gifted students spend learning time together on a daily basis.
Examples of the district's Gifted Strand Model for Grades 1-5
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade

Middle School Accelerated Classrooms (Grades 6-8)
Students identified in the general intellectual area or specific academic aptitude area are placed in an accelerated classroom based on their area of identification.

High School (9-12)
Honors: If a child qualifies in the general intellectual area or specific academic aptitude area they will be placed in honors classes.
AP Course: Beginning in tenth grade G/T students who have met the pre-requisites may enroll in AP courses, which are required to take the AP exam.
Dual Credit Course:Henderson County High School offers many courses in which g/t students may qualify for dual credit-obtaining high school and college credit at the same time. While students obtain high school credit upon passing the course, college credit is based on college requirements. The pre-requisites for obtaining college credit are set by the college awarding the credit.