Gifted Education

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

With the full realization that the kind of world we will live in tomorrow depends upon the type and the quality of the education of today’s children, and in recognition of the rights of the exceptional child, the Owasso Public Schools are committed to the provision of a free and appropriate education for every student within the local district. Through this commitment, each student will be offered an opportunity to reach the maximum level possible in accordance with their own true potential. This approach provides for the acquisition of skills which will ultimately enable strengthened ability to function in today’s rapidly changing society. Gifted students require differentiated educational programs and/or services in addition to those normally provided by the general education school
program.
 
Our program offers choices that are jointly determined by the teacher, parent, and student. The program will seek to provide an interactive environment for gaining insight into new areas and for manipulation and exploration in the principles, concepts,
theories, and generalizations in the general education curriculum as well as interest areas.

Our program will emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are real-world and relevant. Each child is given the best possible opportunity available for reaching the student’s optimal potential.

In accordance with various guidelines established by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Owasso Public Schools maintains a continuum of service delivery systems which are designed to provide specialized programs based on each student’s
individual need. An ongoing effort continues annually to locate, evaluate, and appropriately provide for exceptional individuals.