Gifted and Talented Education Program

Last Updated: 3/23/2022 6:55 PM

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Theresa Rider
Gifted Education Specialist

Gifted Class Field Trip

View the Gifted Instruction Management Plan here



Robinsonville Elementary School
Tunica Elementary School
Dundee Elementary
Tunica Middle School

The Tunica County School District provides a program of enrichment for intellectually gifted students in second through sixth grades. Students in grades 2-6 spend a minimum of 4 hours per week in the gifted “ program and the rest of the week in their general education classrooms.


  • Christmas STEM ActivityTo provide qualitatively, differentiated and challenging learning beyond the regular curriculum through in-depth enrichment in order to develop and maintain our students’ commitment to the love of learning as a lifelong process.

  • To help students through self-awareness, better understand themselves, develop social interest, and a feeling of belonging in order to assist them in reaching their full potential.

  • To help students develop independence and self-direction, to challenge them through various activities, and mentors to help them become productive citizens of society.


To develop skills in creativity, thinking, communication, research, group dynamics, self-directed learning, career exploration and life choices, and the visual/performing arts.

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The gifted program standards have been developed for the following purposes:


  1. Provide guidance to district personnel in the development and conduct of the local gifted programs,
  2. Provide districts with an instrument to be used in the evaluation of the local gifted program so that periodic modifications can be incorporated into the local program to best meet the needs of gifted students, and
  3. Provide an instrument to be used by MDE personnel when monitoring district gifted programs.





A student may be referred by a parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, peer, self or anyone else having reason to believe that the student might be intellectually gifted.

Assessment for new students and students in grades 2-6 is ongoing, year-round.

The annual referral of first grade students begins January 1. First grade students who are eligible will begin classes in the fall of their second grade year.

Referral Criteria

A student shall satisfy a minimum of three of the following criteria before moving forward in the identification process:

  • A score at or above the 90th percentile on a group measure of intelligence that has been administered within the past 12 months.

  • A score at or above the superior range on a norm referenced characteristic giftedness checklist.

  • A score at or above the superior range on a norm referenced measure of creativity.

  • A score at or above the superior range on a norm referenced measure of leadership.

  • A score at or above the 90th percentile on a norm referenced measure of cognitive ability.

  • A score at or above the 90th percentile on an existing measure of individual intelligence that has been administered within the past 12 months.

  • Other measures that are documented in the research on identification of intellectually gifted students.

A Mississippi eligibility ruling for gifted MUST be secured on all students served.

Students with documented evidence of previous participation in a gifted program in another state or country must be assessed according to Mississippi criteria. Once a student has been recognized as gifted, there is no need to be reevaluated to benefit from gifted programs offered at other grade levels.

Eligibility Determination

The district uses its own Local Survey Committee to determine gifted eligibility. This committee is a district committee that meets regularly. The committee adheres to the Mississippi Department of Education’s required criteria (evidence of at least three of the required criteria PLUS an individual norm-referenced intelligence test with a minimal score at the 91st percentile) to warrant a ruling of ELIGIBLE.


A student may be retested within the same referral period on a different intelligence test if the required score is within the confidence intervals on any of the IQ scores of the first intelligence test administered. A required waiting period of at least three (3) months must expire before a student who was previously ruled ineligible may be referred again.


Gifted Class Field Trip