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The purpose of gifted education is to provide programs and services that meet the unique cognitive, social, and emotional needs of gifted students, preparing them to succeed in a global society.

Florida legislation has identified gifted learners as a part of the exceptional student education population since 1968. In Florida, students are eligible for exceptional education programs if they meet the criteria outlined in Florida Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03019, FAC. These criteria focus on a learner's need for the gifted education program,general intellectual functioning, and various behavioral and intellectual characteristics. Gifted students come from all backgrounds with special abilities ranging across a wide spectrum of achievement. These students require special provisions to meet their educational needs.

 

Contact Information

Francine Silio francine.silio@ocps.net 407-317-3200 ext. 200-2756
Susan Watford susan.watford@ocps.net 407-317-3200 ext. 200-2657

 

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Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners

Guidelines for educators which support a challenging and rigorous curriculum that enhances the Florida Sunshine State Standards in order to meet the needs of gifted students in our schools


Quick Links

Orlando Gifted Academy Application Information

Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG)
State organization for teachers and parents that advocates for the needs of gifted learners.

HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) Program
Summer and weekend programs for gifted and high-ability learners in the central Florida area.

Florida Department of Education- Gifted Student Education
FLDOE site listing state laws, regulations, publications, and resources related to gifted education.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
National organization for teachers and parents that advocates for the needs of gifted learners.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
SENG seeks to inform and provide resources to families and professionals about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons.

Florida Gifted Network
A parent organization that educates the public on the needs of gifted learners and advocates for issues that affect their rights.

Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
National center for research on the educational needs of gifted and high-ability learners.

The Association for the Gifted (TAG) - Council for Exceptional Education (CEC)
Promotes the welfare and education of children and youth with gifts, talents, and/or high potential.

Future Problem Solving Program
Organization that engages students in thinking about the future and using a creative problem-solving process to examine possible future issues.

Odyssey of the Mind
Organization that promotes creative thinking by allowing students to design creative products and solutions in a cooperative setting.

Math, Arts and Science Achievement (MASA)
Provides summer and weekend programs for high achievement students. Sponsored by NASA's Florida Space Grant Consortium and Space Florida.


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