The Gifted Education program (Open Doors) is for intellectually gifted students in grades 2-6. The purpose of the Gifted Education program is to identify and serve gifted students in a uniquely qualitatively differentiated program not available in the regular classroom. According to gifted regulations, “Gifted 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.