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      High School Gifted Services


      Gifted high school students in Pinellas County should be provided consistent, structured, consultative support in order to meet their unique social-emotional needs as well as assist them to ensure they make continual academic growth in their advanced studies. Ultimately, gifted students should achieve higher levels of success in high school because of the gifted services they will receive. 


      “Gifted programming positively influences students’ futures. Several longitudinal studies have shown that gifted programs have a positive effect on students’ post-secondary plans. For example, studies found that 320 gifted students identified during adolescence who received services through the secondary level pursued doctoral degrees at more than 50X the base rate expectations.” – NAGC, Why Are Gifted Programs Needed? 


       “Students who are gifted need affective as well as cognitive growth. Appropriate counseling services might address issues related to characteristics of giftedness, including perfectionism, underachievement, exploration of cultural identity and value system issues related to identification, or social-emotional support.” -FL DOE, State Gifted Plan 


       "Gifted high school dropouts often cited boredom and failure as a reason for dropping out. Studies were done to obtain more comprehensive information about gifted high school dropouts and found, in addition, that gifted students that weren’t involved in extracurriculars were far more likely to drop out. Also “many gifted students who dropped out of school were from low SES families and racial minority groups.” - The National Research Center on Gifted & Talented, Joe Renzulli, Giftedness and High School Dropouts 


      IQ is a potentiality, not a guarantee of success. Gifted students have unique needs that go beyond academic rigor. 


       Contact our district high school gifted teachers for more information:

      Brittany Hughes  & Mary Ellen Garibaldi