CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGHLY GIFTED CHILDREN
You have unique opportunities to observe this child at play, at work, in school, or at home.
Information provided here will be one part of the highly gifted identification decision.



The Highly Gifted Program is for students with the most extreme gifted needs that are less likely to be met in the regular classroom. The Highly Gifted Program focus is on exceptionally advanced general intellectual ability. Highly gifted students possess characteristics that are different, and/or significantly more advanced when compared to their classmates. For more information about schools in DPS with highly gifted programs, visit the DPS website at www.dpsk12.org.
Please read through these characteristics when determining whether your child should be tested for the Highly Gifted Program.
Learning Styles
They may be self-taught,learn differently, or learn very fast with instant understanding. They may become absorbed in mastering complex skills or details, have intense interest areas, enjoy projects, research or hands-on learning, and see the big picture easily.
Developmentally Advanced
They may learn to talk, read, calculate, memorize, etc., earlier than usual. They may learn to read spontaneously. They may have large vocabularies and express themselves well or more like an adult. They may learn a second language extremely fast.
Complex Questions
They may ask complex questions and give complicated answers. Their detailed explanations may show a greater depth of understanding. They may enjoy detailed and advanced research and analysis, or can see unique, creative solutions.

Seeing Relationships
They may be quick to recognize relationships, similarities or differences between ideas, events, people and things, or make connections that other children do not see. They may prefer learning the big picture before the steps or details or enjoy combining subject areas.
Thinking
Their thinking may be more abstract. They may do the unexpected or produce unique, advanced work. They may be very insightful, think outside “the box” or be very observant. They may be easily bored. They may have an advanced sense of humor or enjoy irony, word play, or puns.
Perfectionists
They may become very upset if things do not turn out as they expect. They may compare themselves and their achievements to great people they have read about rather than to others their own age. They may hesitate to begin or refuse to participate in activities in which they might fail.

Social and Emotional
They express intense feelings and/or strong concerns about fairness and justice about themselves, others, or world issues. They may be self-critical even if they excel. They may relate better to older children or adults, be strong leaders, be unusually independent, or feel isolated or different.

Giftedness
They may not be gifted in all areas and may, in fact, have deficits in some academic or social or emotional areas. They may not want their giftedness pointed out. They often exhibit a variety of extremes: extremely introverted, outgoing, sensitive, focused, creative, etc.