SMSD Gifted Program

The SMSD Gifted Program is known as SEEK- Students Exploring and Extending Knowledge

Thank you for your interest in gifted services. In the state of Kansas, Gifted Education is a sub-category of Special Education. Schools are required to analyze data from multiple sources before identifying a child as gifted. In Shawnee Mission, identifying a student's academic needs begins in the regular classroom.

While most high-ability students can have their academic needs met through enrichment and extensions from their general education teacher, some students show a need for a more individualized plan. Those students are formally evaluated for the gifted (SEEK) program through the Special Education department.  SEEK stands for Students Exploring and Extending Knowledge, and services are offered K-12.

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