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Gifted and Talented

Characteristics of a Gifted and Talented Student at Leilehua Complex


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. 


In the Gifted and Talented program at Daniel K. Inouye  Elementary School, qualifying second through fifth grade students have an opportunity to explore additional areas of interest, not covered in regular curriculum, stressing the areas of critical thinking, creative problem solving, oral communication, and visual media.


Transfer students who were officially recognized as Gifted and Talented with prior assessments from another state will be permitted to enter our program upon arrival, but will still need to be tested at the next interval to remain in our school’s program.


Testing dates for potential students are held twice a year, once in the Fall and then again in the Spring.  Students can be nominated for testing consideration by either a parent or teacher.


The Leilehua Complex has mandated the following tests as the standard for gifted testing: the COGAT (ability), the IOWA Test of Basic Skills (achievement), the Torrance Test of Creativity, and two surveys, one from the child’s teacher and one from the parent.


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