The Gifted and Talented Program in Thompson School District is structured to meet the unique, high ability learning needs of students so that they may realize their "lives of great promise." It is based on referral for consideration and subsequent assessment. Referral can come from many sources at any time during the school year.
"Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.
Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness.