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* Adopted from The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented and from The Council for Exceptional Children.

  • Accelerated and intense rate of development
  • Highly sensitive
  • Advanced development in one or more academic areas
  • May have a high level of energy
  • Intense interest, with high motivation for learning
  • Lengthy attention span
  • Excellent memory, large knowledge base
  • Mature and developed sense of humor
  • Keen sense of morality and justice
  • Questions and challenges people and ideas
  • Early language development
  • Early reader and/or interest in books
  • Highly expressive with a large and advanced vocabulary
  • Enjoys word play
  • Advanced visual-spatial abilities
  • Draws inferences and constructs abstractions
  • Imaginative and creative
  • Inventive problem solver

* Gifted students may exhibit some or many of the above characteristics that indicate giftedness.