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Gifted and Talent Development

Gifted and talented children are those students with outstanding abilities and capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. They have significantly different educational needs from their peers and require educational differentiation as a regular part of their school day to ensure they reach their full potential.
These services are available at all elementary and middle schools.
Gifted and Talent Development contacts by school/location.

2021-22 Identification Process Update

District 196 will screen all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students with MAP math, MAP reading, Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the HOPE teacher rating scale. Students do not need to be identified as gifted to participate in enrichment opportunities and to receive differentiated instruction for their advanced learning needs.



Gifted and Talent Development at SHMS

This page provides descriptions of various enrichments offered at our school for students seeking academic challenges outside of their classrooms. This page is divided by subject area. Please scroll down to find the information you are looking for. If you have questions about the enrichments described here, please contact Theresa Back by using this email address:

NUMATS (Northwestern Talent Search) - This talent search program allows students to enroll and take the ACT or SAT as a younger student.

Theresa Back

Theresa Back


Voicemail: 82271