COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Gifted Program

Sunday, February 26, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:12 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

CoMo You Know, a community wiki, adds context to stories of local interest and serves as a reference tool for readers.


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

Full text

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:

The Gifted Association of Missouri:

Center for Gifted Education Homepage:

Gifted Program, Columbia Public Schools:

Updated: Feb. 26, 2012

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.