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Rockwood Gifted Program
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265 Old State Rd, Ellisville, MO 63021 | Phone (636) 891-6550 | Fax (636) 891-8884

Core Beliefs

​Gifted students are unique and are as different from one another as they are from the population as a whole. 

  • Gifted children may evidence uneven development in intellectual, emotional and physical domains.
  • Gifted children have potential that is extraordinary and idiosyncratic.
  • Gifted students are generally not gifted in all areas and may not be “straight-A” students. ​

Gifted students exist in all cultural groups, within all economic levels, among populations with other special needs, and in all areas of human endeavor.

  • Gifted students may be twice exceptional, having gifts​ as well as disabilities.
  • Gifted students evidence different characteristics depending on their cultural, educational and economic backgrounds. ​

Gifted students learn differently and require special educational experiences in order to grow academically and achieve their highest potential.

  • Gifted students need instruction tailored to their unique abilities, interests and learning styles.
  • Gifted students need an academically challenging curriculum that is both accelerated and enriched.
  • Gifted students need to explore many fields of study, to “fall in love” with ideas, and to study subjects in depth.
  • Gifted students need to engage in learning that requires persistence and task commitment.
  • Gifted students need the opportunity to use and develop their creativity.

Gifted students, because of heightened intellectual and social-emotional intensities, need support and encouragement from individuals who recognize, validate and nurture their giftedness.

  • Gifted students are a special needs population and can be “at risk.”
  • Gifted students benefit from the expertise of both classroom teachers and specially trained gifted education teachers.
  • Gifted students benefit from contact with intellectual peers and mentors.
  • Gifted students benefit from parents who help them achieve meaningful social, emotional and academic goals.
  • Gifted students are children first and need to be valued for who they are.