The Martin County School District (Stuart, FL; Jensen Beach, FL; Hobe Sound, FL) offers gifted programs for gifted children. Gifted classes in Stuart, FL require special testing to qualify. If you want your child in a gifted program he or she must be tested with an individually administered IQ test.
The most common way for your child to qualify for the Martin School District gifted program is to have an IQ score that is at or above the 98th percentile on an individually administered IQ test. There are different IQ tests for preschool and school age children. In the Stuart area schools, the child must also demonstrate academic achievement at the 90th percentile or higher in reading or mathematics. Gifted testing takes about an hour and a half to complete.
According to the Educational Resource Information Center, research on gifted education indicates: Gifted students benefit from learning together and should be placed with similar students in their areas of strength. It has been extremely difficult for regular education teachers to differentiate curriculum to meet the needs of gifted students in mixed ability classrooms. When cooperative learning has been used in the regular education classroom, gifted students often become tutors and learn less academic content. Gifted students frequently know many concepts introduced in the regular education class and waste a lot of time.
Call me to discuss your child and especially if your child’s teacher has suggested testing. This is a great sign of an advanced child since teachers have a great base to compare what is ‘normal’ or typical and what is advanced.