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Mission and Vision

Gifted Definition

Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate high intellectual ability, possess exceptional potential in one or more domains, exhibit talent in creative and critical thinking, and often experience asynchronous development. These individuals also possess unique social, emotional, and learning needs and require differentiated educational services beyond those provided in the regular classroom setting.

Mission Statement

To provide a learning community that maximizes the potential of gifted students with unique cognitive, social, and emotional needs.

Vision Statement

The Rockwood Gifted Program provides rigorous and complex learning experiences through specialized curriculum and instruction, which enables students to contribute to the demands of an ever-changing society.

Philosophy Statement

  • Gifted students possess exceptional potential that may be evidenced in one or more domains. Domains may include intellectual, emotional, physical, visual arts, performing arts, and/or creative and critical thinking.
  • Gifted students exist in all age, cultural/ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, may be twice exceptional, and often experience asynchronous development.
  • Gifted students have unique learning and social emotional needs and require specialized, rigorous, differentiated educational experiences.
  • To realize their potential, gifted students need support from their parents, classroom teachers, school counselors, gifted education teachers, gifted counselors, and administrators working in collaboration. Gifted students benefit from interaction with similarly gifted peers and mentors throughout their school careers.