Gifted and Talented

Miles Lawson, Secondary Curriculum and Gifted and Talented Coordinator
651-403-7025 |

In West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Schools, the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program begins in grade 3 and seeks to nurture the exceptional abilities of students by providing ongoing opportunities for enrichment and acceleration. As a student in the GT program, your child will:
  • Be grouped with their academic peers within the regular classroom
  • Participate in curriculum extension projects based on interest and/or academic strengths (opportunities vary each year)
  • Work with the Gifted and Talented/Enrichment Specialist
  • Have enrichment opportunities before, during or after school
Each elementary and middle school has a gifted education teacher who works with students and collaborates with classroom teachers to provide appropriate challenge and differentiation for students.
For the 2019-2020 school year, Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle School and Friendly Hills Middle School Gifted and Talented service models are specific to their building.
In high school, students have access to a variety of rigorous coursework through classes such as Advanced Placement (AP), College in the Schools (CIS), Project Lead the Way and beyond. School counselors are available to help with post-secondary planning and support students through the Naviance program, which allows them to develop a personalized portfolio of their work and research colleges and careers. A guide to preparing gifted and talented high school students for graduation has been developed for families: English | Spanish

For additional enrichment, students in the GT Program participate in co-curricular activities such as:

   Spelling Bee Logo
 Geography Bee

Odyssey of the Mind
     Math League

Young Authors Conference Link 
 National Spelling Bee  National Geographic Bee Odyssey of the Mind   Continental Math League Young Authors' Conference 

Learn more about the Gifted and Talented programs at each school:
Garlough | Mendota | Moreland | Pilot Knob | Somerset | Friendly Hills | Heritage | Henry Sibley

Criteria for Tier 3 Identification
  • Cognitive Ability Test - Composite Score of 130+
  • Cognitive Ability Test - Composite Score of 125+ and NWEA MAP Scores at the 98th Percentile or Higher in Both Reading and Math
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Parent Recommendation