How does my child qualify for the gifted Program?
The first step in qualifying for the gifted program is to request a gifted screening. If your child is at a school with a gifted program, the screening process begins with a written request to your Gifted Site Coordinator. For students at other schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System the written request will be submitted to your guidance counselor. If your child attends a school outside of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, or is not yet enrolled in school, contact Pupil Appraisal Services at 225-929-8600 to request a screening.
Students who meet screening requirements are then referred to Pupil Appraisal Services for the full gifted evaluation or may opt to delay the evaluation while participating in the two-year Scholastic Academy Program. For those in Scholastic Academy, the gifted evaluation is administered by East Baton Rouge Pupil Appraisal Serivces during the student's second year of the program to determine if they meet the state criteria for the Gifted exceptionality. Students who qualify as gifted can continue in the Gifted Program through high school.
Is my child gifted?
Characteristics of Gifted Children
Developing Your Child's Thinking Skills
Work with your child on vocabulary. While driving in the car, ask them to give you synonyms for words you call out. Read books together that contain rich vocabulary and ask what the words mean. Ways to practice other thinking skills include puzzles and Tangram activities to develop visual-spatial thinking, computer games requiring logical or critical thinking, and games of strategy like Tic-Tac-Toe, checkers, or chess. Working with patterning, problem solving, and figural or word analogies is also helpful. Additionally, games designed to improve memory and problem solving are good for developing thinking skills. There are many commercial workbooks, computer programs and apps available that help students develop vocabulary and practice thinking critically and logically.