All gifted students in South Central BOCES are equitably provided challenging opportunities to develop interests and grow, both academically and affectively, in preparing to become thoughtful, engaged, creative, and productive citizens.
DEFINITION OF GIFTED STUDENT
South Central BOCES follows Colorado’s definition for gifted students, as codified in the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA), to guide practice across the twelve districts in the SC BOCES Administrative Unit.
The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) defines “gifted” children as those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.
Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:
- General or specific intellectual ability
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership abilities
- Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities