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Gifted Education – Open Doors

630 South State Street • Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: (601) 960-8310 • Fax: (601) 960-2509

Donna Welborn, Psychometrist

Crystal Stapleton, Psychometrist

The gifted education program, Open Doors, is for intellectually and academically gifted students. The purpose of the Open Doors program is to identify and serve gifted students in a uniquely qualitatively differentiated program not available in the regular classroom. According to gifted regulations, “[g]ifted education programs shall be in addition to and different from the regular program of instruction provided by the district’s schools.”

Gifted education courses provide instruction in creativity, thinking skills, research, creative problem solving, communication, leadership, group dynamics, and self-knowledge in order to increase students’ skill and capacity for autonomous learning, metacognition, and self-understanding. Students enrolled in the district’s gifted education program have met criteria set by the state of Mississippi.

The state of Mississippi defines intellectually gifted children “as those children and youth who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of intelligence as documented through the identification process.” The intellectually gifted education program is available for students in grades 2-6 at all elementary and middle schools.

The state of Mississippi defines academically gifted children “as those children who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of demonstrated academic ability as documented through a prescribed identification process.” The academically gifted education program is available for students in grades 9-12 at Forest Hill High School.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Advanced Academics at (601) 960-8310.