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The Columbia Gifted Program launched in the mid-1980s with a fourth- through sixth-grade program. The program now serves identified gifted students in grades 3-12, high-potential students in first- and second-grade and provides creativity instruction services for all kindergarten students throughout Columbia School District 93.
Year Opened: mid-1980s
Co-directors: Terry Gaines and Jake Giessman
Address: 1010 Rangeline St., Columbia, MO 65201
Phone : 573-214-3750
Columbia Gifted Program launched in the mid-1980s with a fourth- through sixth-grade program; it now serves students who have been identified as gifted who are in grades one through 12.
Students in kindergarten are served with a whole-class enrichment model. Identified students in first through fifth grades in the Extended Educational Experiences program are bused from their home schools to the Center for Gifted Education one day a week to take classes. Students are offered an interdisciplinary major and a minor course with the gifted program each trimester.
Students in the Middle School Extended Educational Experiences program, for grades five and six, attend 45-minute gifted classes at their home school every other day. Junior High School Extended Educational Experiences is for grades seven and eight, and students can take an elective class and seminar/study hall through the program. The Senior High School Extended Educational Experiences program employs a full-time teacher at both Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools. These teachers are available to advise and counsel students with course selection, college planning, independent study and early college entry.
The school district is responsible for identifying gifted students, but parents are able to call attention to their children.
Links and sources
Gifted education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/gifted/
The Gifted Association of Missouri: http://www.mogam.org/
Center for Gifted Education Homepage: http://service.columbia.k12.mo.us/gifted
Gifted Program, Columbia Public Schools: http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/depts/eee.php
Updated: Feb. 26, 2012