• Instruction for Gifted Students

    Students are often identified as Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) during the elementary school years. Screening, testing, and gifted identification can, however, be requested throughout middle and high school. Curricula for the highest ability students follows the NC Standard Course of Study and a variety of differentiation techniques are utilized to meet the needs of gifted students. Gifted students receive guidance in alignment with the courses that will best meet his/her gifted area as well as interests. This plan is referred to as the Differentiated Education Plan or Academic Blueprint and is updated annually with the input of teachers, parents, and the student. Coursework is one form of differentiation. Gifted children are encouraged to take courses that will challenge their academic potential at the Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) level. Students are also encouraged to enroll in challenging Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study that align with future plans. School counselors provide services and counseling which specifically address the social and emotional needs of gifted children. In addition, school counselors seek to meet the social and emotional needs of gifted students through individual and small group counseling as needed.

    At the middle and high school level, enrichment opportunities can also be a way to reach the needs of gifted students. AIG students are encouraged to take advantage of and apply for Odyssey of the Mind, Science and Engineering Fair, Battle of the Books, and a variety of other opportunities. Programs such as the North Carolina Governor’s School, the North Carolina School of Science and Math, Summer Ventures, and advanced coursework through North Carolina Virtual Public School are also offered as resources that meet the varied needs of gifted learners. It is the belief of Onslow County Schools that gifted students are gifted all day, every day and therefore instruction must be modified in all courses to challenge gifted students. Gifted specialists are available to assist students at each middle and high school.