East Stroudsburg Area School District Gifted Philosophy Statement

Based upon current gifted research, gifted students have special needs that come with being bright. Their views of the world and of themselves can set them apart from peers and family. A gifted program; therefore, must meet the needs of those exhibiting unusual learning qualities. It must recognize that these traits enable students to learn at different rates, handle more difficult material earlier, and question and think at a level different from peers.

Differentiated programs for gifted students are multifaceted and based on the individual student needs. The gifted program offers opportunities for students to interact with their intellectual peers; in a flexible environment which accommodates their individual ability levels and affective needs. The basis of an effective gifted program builds a foundation for intellectual exploration.