Gifted Children Need...

  • As much attention as other children
  • Teachers who understand them
  • Curriculum tailored to their strengths and weaknesses
  • Instruction that is appropriately paced
  • Material that is appropriately complex
  • A nurturing environment
  • A place where they are accepted

Educational Testing and Screening

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Applicants

An Early Screening Profile is used to screen preschool children to determine receptive and expressive language abilities as well as nonverbal reasoning skills. More specifically, language functions are evaluated via object recognition and preacademic skills. Nonverbal abilities are evaluated with measures of visual discrimination and picture analogies.

Kindergarten & Grade 1 Applicants

The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) is an intelligence test designed for children ages 2 years 6 months to 7 years 3 months developed by David Wechsler in 1967. The current revision – WPPSI–IV – is published by Harcourt Assessment. It provides subtest and composite scores that represent intellectual functioning in verbal and performance cognitive domains, as well as providing a composite score that represents a child's general intellectual ability (i.e., Full Scale IQ 125 minimum). In addition, the Processing Speed Quotient (known as the Processing Speed Index on previous Wechsler scales) can be derived for children aged 4 years to 7 years 3 months. There are a total of eight subtests. The WPPSI is required for entrance into Kindergarten and 1st Grade.

Grade 2 through Grade 8 Applicants

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) provides Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory, and Processing Speed scores. These four scores are used to create the Full Scale IQ score (minimum 125). There are a total of ten subtests. The WISC is required for students entering Grade 2-8.

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