The Program for Gifted serves students who have superior intellectual development and are capable of advanced academic performance. A student is eligible if the identification criteria are met and there is a demonstrated need for a special program. Gifted students in grades kindergarten through 12 are served in a variety of delivery models.
Initial eligibility criteria in Florida requires,
- a need for services beyond the general curriculum,
- a majority of the characteristics on a rating scale/checklist of gifted characteristics,
- and a score of at least two standard deviations above the mean (130+) on a psychological assessment administered by a school psychologist.
If you suspect your child may be gifted you may request an evaluation through your child's school guidance office or contact the office of Student Services at (850) 469-5361.
Gifted Endorsement Classes
Escambia County School District provides endorsement coursework for school district teachers. There are five (5), sixty hour courses required to meet the requirements for endorsement. The classes are taught both face to face and as directed studies. Participation in the program requires the recommendation of the school principal. If you are interested in learning more about the program please contact the program specialist. The following are the gifted courses required by the State of Florida:
Special Populations of the Gifted
Curriculum and Procedures for the Gifted
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Guidance and Counseling for the Gifted
Theory and Development of Creativity For the Gifted
Transfers Within the State of Florida
Students determined eligible anywhere in the State of Florida will automatically receive services in Escambia County. The current Educational Plan will be implemented or reviewed to provide the most appropriate level of service.
Transfers Outside the State of Florida
All transfer students must meet initial eligibility requirement in the State of Florida. Please see the eligibility criteria above. A psychological assessment must be administered by an individual licensed in the state. If an Educational Plan is written for the student in the gifted program by the sending district, that plan will be honored ever if initial eligibility can not be established immediately. If an Educational Plan is not required, the student will not be placed into gifted classes until the assessment can be completed. Those students will not be required to take the screening assessments which all other students must take. In most instances when a district writes an Educational Plan, parents give consent for the services. Parents may revoke consent in Escambia County and wait for the assessments necessary for eligibility to be completed.
Based on the Military Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children, students who have been identified gifted will receive the same level of services as they received in the sending school district until initial eligibility can be established. Revocation of consent may be used to document that services were offered but declined until the assessment were completed.