Nightingale Middle School

Gate Eligibility

Major Categories of Identification 

Gifted/Talented students exhibit excellence or the capacity for excellence far beyond that of their chronological peers. Students whose abilities fall into one or more of the categories below may be considered for participation in the Gifted/Talented Programs.

Intellectual Ability: Students whose general intellectual development is markedly advanced in relation to their chronological peers. Students can only be tested one time.

High Achievement Ability: Grade 4 and above: Students who consistently function for two consecutive years at highly advanced levels in both English-Language Arts/Reading (elementary), English (secondary), and mathematics.  Grade 2 only: Students who demonstrate high achievement on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced, group administered measure of verbal and non-verbal school abilities.

Specific Academic Ability: Students who consistently function for three consecutive years at highly advanced levels in either English-Language Arts/reading (elementary), English (secondary), or mathematics. Students in Grades 9-12 may also be considered in either science or social science.

Creative Ability: Students who characteristically perceive significant similarities or differences within the environment, challenge assumptions, and produce unique alternative solutions.

Leadership Ability: Students who show confidence and knowledge; influence others effectively; have problem-solving and decision making skills; express ideas in oral or written form clearly; show sense of purpose and direction.

Ability in the Performing or Visual Arts: Students who originate, perform, produce, or respond at exceptionally high levels in either dance, music (voice), drama, or in drawing or painting.