A: Your child’s present school is responsible for screening your child for the gifted program. Parents, teachers, or the child may initiate the screening. If screening shows gifted potential, Pupil Appraisal Services, a division of East Baton Rouge Exceptional Student Services, conducts the evaluation, once parental permission is given. It takes 60 operational days for this process to be completed. The completed evaluation is mailed to the parents. Parents are encouraged to contact the Gifted and Talented Office for information about the schools in the program. Parents may choose private testing for the gifted program, at their expense. Private evaluations must be sent to Pupil Appraisal Services where additional assessment is conducted. The procedure for the talented program is the same as above, except the evaluation is conducted by a Pupil Appraisal Services representative as well as a state-approved evaluator for each discipline. There is no option for private testing for the Talented Arts Program at this time. Parents should be prepared to provide evidence of the child’s work; i.e. portfolio, recital programs, etc. All schools, including private and parochial schools, have a Pupil Appraisal contact person assigned to each school. For the name of a contact person, call Pupil Appraisal Services at 225-929-8600.
A: A written evaluation is mailed to the parents and to the Gifted and Talented Office from which parents are contacted for placement.
A: There are three disciplines of talented arts and they are: Theatre, Music, and Visual Art.
A: The Gifted and Talented Office will make all placements and students will be assigned to Gifted and Talented sites for services using the following:
Middle School students are assigned according to attendance zones.*
High School students are assigned according to attendance zones.*
A: Gifted and Talented students are afforded several opportunities for acceleration. Below are the most commonly used strategies for acceleration available for advanced students.