Gifted and Talented Education

  • What is a gifted student?
    The gifted student is one who possesses exceptional talents and abilities that require enrichment beyond the regular curriculum to meet his or her educational needs. Suffolk Public Schools has a commitment of excellence in education, equality of educational opportunity, and the recognition of each student's individuality, and therefore, is committed to identifying, developing and challenging the gifted student.

    Link to the Gifted Education Blog for more information and current announcements.

    Elementary Programs:
    The elementary school program begins with enrichment for kindergarten through grade 2. It offers creative activities and lessons based on the advanced needs and the maturity of students. Students receive differentiated instruction from the gifted resource teacher and the general education teacher during the school year. Emphasis is placed upon critical thinking, creative problem solving, developing independent research skills, and stimulating creativity.

    QUEST: Quality Utilization Enrichment of Students' Talents, known as QUEST, is the program for academically gifted students in grades 3-8. Students receive differentiated instruction from the gifted resource teacher and general education teacher throughout the year. Assignments are provided to stimulate and foster critical thinking and independent research skills. Students work both individually and in small groups to develop independent learning skills, creative potential, and higher level thinking abilities.

    Talented Art and Music Classes: Students who qualify may be enrolled in special talented art and music classes in grades 4-5. These classes meet one period per week in the local school. Classes are designed to enrich and expand the regular curriculum. The instruction frequently has students involved in special projects which emphasize creativity. Students work independently and in small groups.