Gifted Program Information


Students who are eligible to participate in the Little Carver Gifted Program are immersed in the rigorous study of all core subjects. Students are actively engaged in project-based learning and highlight acceleration and enrichment. The Gifted Program emphasizes a quantitatively differentiated curriculum based on content, technology, and applications through language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students are continuously involved in the hands-on learning process of the acquisition in science and math skills through the STEM curriculum. Serving as active participants in numerous academic based competitions such as the Fairchild Challenges, STEM challenges, Dream in Green Challenge, SECME, and the science fair.

How Is A Student Referred?

Students are mostly referred by teachers, however, parents can request to have their child evaluated for gifted. A gifted characteristics rating scale, standardized test scores and/or current grades are considered when referring a student.

What if the student has been privately evaluated?

All private evaluations are submitted to the School Counselor, Johanna Jimenez. The parent will receive a written notice, “Receipt of Private Psychological Evaluation” which outlines the preliminary procedures for evaluation/placement in a Gifted Program.   In addition, the parent will also receive a Notice of Intent and Parent/Guardian Consent to Conduct a Screening in order for the district to examine the private evaluation and a Consent Form for Mutual Exchange of Information so that we may contact and speak to the school psychologist who administered the private evaluation.  The Counselor, Mrs. Johanna Jimenez, will obtain the Teacher Gifted Characteristic Checklist, standardized test scores and/or current grades, accordingly. A District psychologist will review the private evaluation.

What happens when your child has been referred?

The school counselor, Mrs. Johanna Jimenez, will notify you to schedule a meeting to discuss the program and sign consent for an evaluation. If the student was evaluated privately, consent needs to be executed in order for it to be reviewed by our school psychologist. The file is sent to the Central Regional Center office. The CRC Office assigns the case to a psychologist. A District psychologist evaluates students and reviews private evaluations in the order they are received.

How are students evaluated for Gifted?

Students are administered a psycho-educational evaluation to determine their intellectual abilities and qualifications for the Gifted Program.

How are parents notified of the evaluation results?

If the student obtained the required score, parents will be notified by the school, for a placement meeting (Staffing). If the student does not obtain the necessary score, a letter will be sent to the parents with a copy of the report included.

How often are placement meetings (Staffing) held?

Placement Meetings are currently being scheduled at the discretion of the district.  They are generally held once every two weeks. 

For additional information, contact call our Mrs. Johanna Jimenez at (305) 443-5286.