Is My Child Gifted?

The Hoagies' Gifted page is an excellent place to start, as is the Characteristics of Giftedness page provided by the Gifted Development Center (GDC) in Denver.  The GDC offers testing services. 

If any of these scenarios describes your student, they may be an excellent fit for the Lone Pine Prep School for Gifted Learning:

  • He has been grade-skipped and now is reaching the awkward point where his peers are 1-3 years older and maturing physically; he's now becoming uncomfortable being the "little kid" in the group. In addition, the coursework is still not challenging enough for him.
  • Her teachers do not believe that she is gifted because she does not "perform" or produce mountains of neat, tidy output.
  • His teachers do not have the content knowledge or time to meet his needs in math, literature, writing, science, or language.
  • She is getting lost in the crowd and you are worried that she will lose interest in academics, science, or lose her love of reading in middle school.
  • He "only" tests at 2nd grade reading level in kindergarten, so the school administration says that he is "not that advanced."  Later you find out that the test, which he had to set aside his Harry Potter book 7 to take, actually had a ceiling of 2nd grade reading level.  The schools you have found thus far are only able to accommodate "pleasantly gifted" kids, not highly, exceptionally, or profoundly gifted kids.
  • Her sensory needs are preventing her from focusing or performing well in a traditional 20-35 student classroom. OR, she is often overlooked in a classroom of that size because it is assumed that she "gets it" and "will be fine anyway."
  • His schoolwork level and his teachers' expectations seem far below what you remember from your school years.
  • She is very interested in things that are not covered in the standard curriculum and would love to take a "deep dive" into a particular subject.
  • The school will not place him in an advanced class because of his age.
  • She is "coasting" through school, becoming accustomed to success without effort, and you worry that she will not develop the study skills or skills to handle pressure that she will need later in life, and/or that she will implode when she suddenly finds something difficult for the first time, perhaps in college.
  • He is gifted in a particular subject or two (e.g. math), but is not as advanced in other subjects (e.g. writing), and you cannot find a school to accommodate his asynchronous development, which is a characteristic common among gifted learners.
  • You have been homeschooling and your student is now ready to work with someone other than mom or dad... and/or is laying on the floor refusing to do anything at all for you at this point.
  • Your student has a hard time finding friends who share the same interests or operate on the same wavelength and/or is having a hard time fitting in socially at their current school or in their homeschool enrichment activities.
  • You've inquired at Front Range Community College and have been told that an 11 year old cannot take their calculus course, despite a math score of 34 on the ACT.

All these scenarios describe the actual experiences of the founders and/or their children. 

We get it, and we want to offer the students of Lone Pine Prep something better.

Last modified: Thursday, 31 December 2020, 12:10 PM