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How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted?
Gifted students are those children and youth whose abilities, talents and potential for accomplishments are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs, both in academic and social/emotional realms. Gifted students have abilities and/or talents that lie well outside the norms of the typical learner and, therefore, require significant modifications to the pacing, depth and complexity of curriculum and instruction. (Colorado Department of Education) Many gifted students are also high achievers; however, many are not. High achievers are not always gifted students. Here’s just a few characteristics of high achievers, gifted learners and creative thinkers.


High Achiever

Gifted Learner

Creative Thinker

Works hard to achieve

Knows without working hard

Plays with ideas and concepts

Is attentive

Is selectively mentally engaged

Daydreams; may seem off task

Learns with ease

Already Knows

Questions: What if?...

Is accurate and complete

Is original and continually developing

Is original and continually developing

Is highly alert and observant

Anticipates and relates observations

Is intuitive


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