Gifted and Talented
Tulsa Public Schools' Gifted and Talented program identifies and provides appropriate educational experiences for students who give evidence of high performance capability in areas such as intellectual ability, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic areas. We provide opportunities or experiences to fully develop such capabilities that are not ordinarily provided by the school curricula.
- How do students qualify?
- What tests are used to determine eligibility?
- When are students identified for gifted and talented programs?
Any student K-12 who attains 97th percentile composite score or above on a nationally standardized test of intellectual ability will qualify for gifted services.
Students will also be considered for gifted services under the Multi-Criteria category of gifted according to district standards and in compliance with state regulations in the following categories: Subject Area, Visual/Performing Arts, Leadership, and Creativity.
Test scores from other districts or private psychologists will be accepted if they meet the district and site criteria.
Identification is an ongoing process, with testing offered throughout the school year as needed.
To request that your child be tested for gifted services, please contact your school site’s gifted coordinator. Complete the gifted test nomination/behavioral checklist (G1) linked at right and return it to your Site Gifted Coordinator. Testing will be scheduled at that time.
In addition, that Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to all district 2nd grade students to determine gifted and talented eligibility.
Problem Solving, & Perseverance
Achievement in Academics & the Arts
- Identified gifted students in Kindergarten-6th grades are provided gifted services through the SPARK weekly pull-out program with the site’s Gifted Coordinator and also within the regular classroom.
- The school site Gifted Coordinator serves as the pullout instructor, consults with and provides resources for classroom teachers, models gifted strategies in the regular classroom, and works with identified gifted students in small groups on special projects.
SPARK Program Highlights
21st Century Critical/Creative Thinking Skills
Convergent thinking skills
Divergent thinking skills
Career and Leadership
Social Studies/Integrated Lesson
Mathematical thinking and reasoning
(i.e. math, chess, engineering, geography, the arts, spelling)
Differentiation within the regular classroom
- Identified gifted students in Magnet Programs grades 6th-8th and Junior High grades 7th-8th are offered gifted services through content areas and electives.
- The school site Gifted Coordinator consults with and provides resources for classroom teachers, models gifted strategies in the regular classroom, and works with identified gifted students.
Middle School/Junior High Options for Gifted Students
- Differentiation within the regular classroom
- Elective (by semester)
Part of the International Baccalaureate Program) offered at Carver only
Educational intervention based on progress through an educational program at a faster normal rate or younger than typical age
High School Options for Gifted Students
- Advanced Placement
Courses that will confer college credit upon successful completion of a standardized examination
- International Baccalaureate
A system of challenging courses which prepare students for life in a global society (available at Booker T. Washington only)
- Concurrent/Dual Enrollment
Students receive both high school and college credit for one university course
Linnea Van Eman
- MENSA's recommended reading for parents of gifted youth
- National Association for Gifted Children
- Oklahoma Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
- Gifted Parenting Support
- MindsetKIT for Parents
- Big Life Journal for Children
- Gifted Education and Talent Development Education Service Plan