The mission of the Helena Public Schools is to challenge and empower each student to maximize individual potential and become a competent, productive, responsible, caring citizen.
“Gifted and talented children” means children of outstanding abilities who are capable of high performance and require differentiated educational programs beyond those normally offered in public schools in order to fully achieve their potential contribution to self and society. The children so identified include those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability in a variety of worthwhile human endeavors. (Montana Code Ann. § 20-7-901)
The Helena School District Gifted and Talented identification process offers two different avenues for qualifying students for gifted services.
In 2nd grade, students are screened using the CogAT and iReady assessments. Qualification for Gifted Education Services is based on scores from the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) and iReady assessments. The CogAT measurements include Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal Reasoning scores, as well as Composite and Profile indicators. iReady scores reviewed in this screening include Reading and Mathematics.
In addition, Teacher Behavior Checklists and Creativity Assessments are administered by PEAK staff to complement the screening process by indicating students who may warrant further review.
In addition, referrals can be made for any student for individual assessment. Referred students are assessed with individual ability and/or achievement instruments administered by school psychologists.
The Helena Public Schools gifted and talented model provides a comprehensive array of services for identified GT students (K-12).
Specialized GT services include:
Parents are actively involved in the following:
Professional Development includes:
The PEAK Gifted and Talented Program utilizes both formative and summative evaluations through the following:
For more information, please contact Administrator Erin Maxwell at 324-2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org .