School District of Clayton
Our mission is to identify, support, and advocate for students with gifted learning needs through appropriately challenging learning opportunities that extend, enhance, and deepen their educational and life experiences.
The Clayton Gifted Program support system includes all School District of Clayton educators who collaborate to provide a rich classroom environment for all learners. While all students benefit from enriched curriculum, gifted students need an appropriate level of challenge and flexible pacing throughout the curriculum in order to reach their highest potential.
Giftedness is a capacity that requires support and encouragement, for it is a capacity that is in need of recognition and development. The work of nurturing and developing giftedness should be collaborative in nature with many professionals contributing to students’ successes.
In meeting the needs of gifted learners, the school community works together to provide a differentiated curriculum, real world learning challenges including student-driven research, and opportunities to work in small group settings with peers of like ability. Students with gifted strengths benefit from guidance and support in social and emotional development with experiential learning in a community that respects democratic ideals, ethnic, gender and cultural diversity, and the unique ideas and beliefs of others.