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Gifted Resources

Kansas Definition of Gifted:

The Kansas State Department of Education provides the following information related to Special Education services for gifted students in Kansas:  

"Gifted" as defined in K.A.R. 91-40-1(cc) means performing or demonstrating the potential for performing at significantly higher levels of accomplishment in one or more academic fields due to intellectual ability, when compared to others of similar age, experience, and environment.


Goals and Objectives:

  • Develop higher-level thinking skills
  • Develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Develop research skills as applied to "real world" problems
  • Progress at a rate and pace appropriate to abilities and learning styles
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Create products that are unique and synthesize major concepts
  • Develop self-esteem and self-understanding
  • Work with others of similar ability

Mission Statement:

The mission of Derby Public Schools Gifted Program is to ensure adequate growth academically and socially  by providing students enriching opportunities in and out of the classroom, diving deeper into grade level concepts, self-advocacy, frequent opportunities to learn something new, and by reflecting on themselves/others.

Core Values:

We value diversity, creativity, curiosity, diligence, honesty, caring, fairness, respectfulness, achievement, responsibility, and service to the community.

Gifted Services Overview

Eligibility: Derby qualifies students using a two-pronged method based on the Kansas State Department’s eligibility indicators. The first prong relates to abilities and the second prong relates to the question–do they need special education services? Under prong one, the student should have a composite rank of not less than the 97th percentile on an individually administered, standardized, norm-referenced test of intellectual ability. Also under prong one, the student should have a rank of not less than the 95th percentile on national norms on a standardized, norm-referenced achievement test in one or more of the academic fields (mathematics, language arts (including reading), science, and social science). Please contact your school's administration if you have eligibility questions. 

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