Gifted Program

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, classroom 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.

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Elementary Gifted Program

Mission

The Sioux Falls Elementary 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.

Goals

The Elementary Gifted Program (EGP) goals are to:

  • Provide appropriately challenging and in-depth learning experiences.

  • Support interaction between intellectual peers.

  • Foster the development of skills for self-directed learning.

  • Encourage the awareness of one’s potential in society.

  • Provide opportunities for collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

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 Patrick Henry 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.

Linda McDaniel

Linda McDaniel

Elementary Coordinator

✆ (605) 367-7946
✉ Email Linda McDaniel
➢ IPC - Curriculum

Heidi Kruse

Heidi Kruse

Executive Assistant to the Assn't Superintendent

✆ (605) 367-7945
✉ Email Heidi Kruse
➢ IPC – Curriculum

Challenge Center

Elementary

✆ (605) 367-6170
➢ Robert Frost Elementary

Honors Program

Middle School

✆ (605) 367-7639
➢ Patrick Henry Middle School