The Sioux Falls Gifted Program is designed to respond to the needs and special characteristics of gifted students by providing the opportunity for them to pursue and develop their potential for excellence. Students participate in an academic pull-out program that follows a curriculum designed to develop collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. The curriculum focuses on STEAM units designed to specifically challenge the gifted learner. This program serves identified gifted students according to the Sioux Falls School District guidelines.

The purpose of the assessment and identification process is to find those students who, because of their unique abilities, are in need of differentiated educational opportunities not currently part of their regular curriculum. Identification for the SFSD Gifted Program uses a matrix that incorporates standardized test data to identify students. Identification can be initiated by parents, guardians, teachers, principals, or students. Referrals or questions can be directed to building principals, teachers, or Elementary Gifted Program staff.

Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm.

—Columbus Group

Elementary Classroom Teachers

Denyce Buettner
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  • Robert Frost
  • Laura B. Anderson
  • Anne Sullivan
  • Terry Redlin

Jeff Dixen
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  • Eugene Field
  • Horace Mann
  • John Harris

Becky Eeten
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  • Horace Mann
  • Lowell
  • All-City

Pamela Espeland
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  • Virtual

Christine Griebel
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  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Hawthorne

Jessica Hubert
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  • Harvey Dunn
  • Rosa Parks
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Renberg

Katie Ristau
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  • R.F. Pettigrew
  • Hayward
  • Laura Wilder
  • John F. Kennedy

Todd Schumacher
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  • Oscar Howe
  • Garfield
  • Discovery

Middle School Honors Gifted Education Courses

The Sioux Falls School District will offer to students with exceptionally high academic and intellectual ability a challenging, accelerated, integrated, and enriched curriculum in the core subjects. These honors gifted education courses will be offered at Edison Middle School.

Steps to Enrollment:

  1. The Middle School Honors Gifted Education Program is open to all 5th-grade students who have been identified for the “gifted education” program and who attend one of the Sioux Falls School District elementary schools.
  2. Parents/guardians must complete the online Verification of Enrollment form.
  3. Verification of Enrollment will be accepted from December 1 to January 10.
  4. Parents will be notified by February 10th with confirmation of enrollment in the Middle School Honors Gifted Education Program for the next school year.
  5. For students tested after January 10:
    Please call the principal of Patrick Henry Middle School regarding questions on the Middle School Honors Program.
    Please email Jennifer Gunn for the Verification of Enrollment form.

Honors Gifted Education Course Offerings

(By Application and Screening)

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
6th Math or
6th or 7th Accelerated Math or
8th Math
7th or 8th Math or
7th Accelerated Math or
Algebra I
8th Math or
Algebra I or
Accelerated Geometry
6th Honors Language Arts 7th Honors Language Arts 8th Honors Language Arts
6th Honors Social Studies 7th Honors Social Studies 8th Honors Social Studies
6th Honors Science 7th Honors Science High School Biology
    Spanish I (optional)
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