What does it mean to be gifted?
It's important to understand what it means to be gifted, but definitions of giftedness are as unique as the children they represent. The following definitions are highly respected within the gifted community, as they are based on evidence and research. Use these definitions to help you create your own definition of giftedness:
Given these broad and varied definitions of giftedness, it's no surprise that gifted programming and curriculum varies by country, state, and even school districts. While many districts throughout the St. Louis area are similar in terms identification, service delivery, and curriculum, differences certainly do exist among St. Louis gifted programs. This website will serve as your guide to understanding what "gifted" means at Orchard Farm, how CATS students are identified, how our services are delivered to Orchard Farm students, and how you can best support your student.