SMSD Gifted Program
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.
- How do I know if my child is gifted?
- What are some common characteristics for gifted students?
- What is the gifted evaluation process?
- My child has been identified as gifted, now what?
- What is SEEK?
- What do gifted services look like in SMSD?
- What if my child does not meet the gifted eligibility requirements?
- Where will my student go for services?
- Do elementary students have to make up work in their regular classroom?
- What other considerations are there?
- Who do I contact for more information?