Talented and Gifted Students


The North Bend School District is dedicated to the idea that every student has the right to an education that provides opportunities for the maximum development of their potential. We recognize that some students in our schools have capabilities that far exceed those of their age peers.

The North Bend School District acknowledges that these students with outstanding abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment may require differentiated instruction to meet their educational needs. The district encourages, fosters and supports educational efforts for its academically talented and intellectually gifted student population.

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Defining Giftedness & Resources

Common Characteristics

During preschool years, giftedness can be demonstrated by early physical development, early language development, and/or exceptional powers of observation and curiosity.
While it is rare for a gifted child to exhibit all characteristics listed below, it is common for a gifted child to manifest many of the following:

Bright Child vs. Gifted Learner

Bright Child

Gifted Learner

Knows the answers

Asks the questions

Is interested

Is highly curious

Is attentive

Is mentally and physically involved

Has good ideas

Has wild, silly ideas

Works hard

Plays around, yet tests well

Answers the questions

Discusses in detail, elaborates

Top group

Beyond the group

Listens with interest

Shows strong feelings and opinions

Learns with ease

Already knows

6-8 repetitions for mastery

1-2 repetitions for master

Understands ideas

Constructs abstractions

Enjoys peers

Prefers adults

Grasps the meaning

Draws interferences

Completes assignments

Initiates projects

Is receptive

Is intense

Copies accurately

Creates a new design

Enjoys school

Enjoys learning

Absorbs information

Manipulates information



Good memorizer

Good guesser

Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation

Thrives on complexity

Is alert

Is keenly observant

Is pleased with own learning

Is highly self-critical