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Gifted and Talented

We are now accepting nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program for students in grades 3-5.
If you would like to nominate your child, please complete this form by Thursday, September 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Teachers have also been invited to nominate students.
Information sent home:  August 26
Nominations due:  Sept. 2
Confirmation emails sent to parents Sept. 3
Testing: the week of Sept. 7-10 (two half days during school hours).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Last Updated on 08/26/21)

1. How does the Leilehua Complex define characteristics of a Gifted and Talented student?
Gifted learners are “children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.” (U.S. Department of Education, 1993, p.3)
  • Is able to express ideas in a variety of alternate ways.
  • Generates a large number of ideas or solutions to problems and questions, often offers unusual, way out, or unique, clever responses.
  • Needs little external motivation to continue an activity that he/she finds interesting, is willing to persist on challenging tasks.
  • Can analyze an issue from many points of view.
  • Exceptional ability to draw inferences; perspectives. 

2. What is the identification process?
Identification rounds occur twice a year; once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester.
  1. An announcement letter is sent to parents and teachers of grades 3-5 students.
  2. Parents and teachers can submit a nomination form and a rating scale for the student.
  3. Nominated students are screened in multiple categories (e.g, cognitive ability, achievement, creativity, writing, parent/teacher rating scale, etc.) during in-person testing sessions.
  4. Student data is gathered for review, recommendation, and approval from the administration team.
  5. Parents and homeroom teachers are notified of the screening results. Students who qualify have the opportunity to enroll in an enrichment program.

3. What is the enrichment program like at DKIES?
Due to COVID-19, our enrichment class was offered only through a distance learning model for the 2020-2021 school year. Identified students met online every Wednesday for a synchronous session from 8:30-9:25 AM. Students also completed weekly asynchronous assignments on Google Classroom before and after the class meeting.
4. Are grade levels mixed?
Yes, the current cohort includes students from grades 3, 4, and 5. The makeup of the next cohort will vary depending on the testing results.
5. When is the next testing period? 
The next testing period will be occur in the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year. All testing is held in person over two half-day sessions on campus.
6. My child was tested previously and qualified. Does my child need to retake the test?
No, if your child has already been identified in previous identification rounds, he/she does not need to be tested again. The child will stay enrolled in the enrichment program with parent permission.
7. My child was tested previously but did not qualify. Can I submit another nomination?
Yes, you can submit another nomination but after waiting one full year. For example, if your child tested in fall 2020, you can submit another nomination in fall 2021. If your child tested in spring 2020, you can submit another nomination in spring 2021.
8. My child qualified as Gifted and Talented from another state. Can my child enroll in the enrichment program at DKIES?
With appropriate paperwork and records from the previous school, the child will be enrolled in the enrichment program until the next round of identification period. In order to continue enrollment in the enrichment program, the child needs to participate in testing and qualify.
Military Interstate Compact:
"A receiving school district in a member state agrees to initially honor placement of a student based on the student’s enrollment in the sending state as long as that school has a similar or equivalent program. For example, if a student was in Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus, a Gifted and Talented Program, or an English as a Second Language Program in his/her previous school, the student will be placed in that course or program in the receiving school. However, the Compact allows the receiving school to subsequently perform an evaluation to ensure the child is placed appropriately according to its requirements. This provision ensures students will not be placed in a “holding” class while they are awaiting assessment, thus missing out on valuable instruction, but does not take away the new school’s right to set their own criteria for placement in programs or courses. In addition, the Compact does not require the receiving school district to create a course or program that is not currently offered, but does require that the district demonstrate reasonable accommodation. The receiving school may allow the student to attend similar educational courses in other schools within the district if the receiving school does not offer such educational courses."