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Gifted Education Program (ELP)

Gifted Education in Andover

Thank you for your interest in Gifted Education in the Andover School District. Gifted Education in Kansas is a part of Special Education and follows Special Education processes and procedures. A student must be found eligible to participate in the gifted education program. Once a student is identified as having the characteristics of giftedness and displays needs that can't be met in the regular education classroom, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written. The IEP guides the instruction for the student within the gifted education and general education programs.

There are two full-time gifted educators for six elementary schools.  Each middle school has one full-time gifted education teacher and each high school has one full-time gifted education teacher.

Program Goals & Objectives

The Andover gifted education program, known as ELP (Extended Learning Program) will provide a rich array of gifted education services and opportunities for students identified as gifted by meeting the following objectives:

  • provide opportunities for students to pursue individual interests and develop talents;
  • provide for the cognitive and academic development through challenging learning experiences;
  • provide support for the social and emotional needs of gifted students.

The Andover gifted education facilitators will serve as a resource for general education teachers in meeting the needs of gifted students through the following objectives.

  • collaborate with general education teachers in order to meet the cognitive, academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students;
  • communicate with parents of gifted students to provide individualized assistance and information about the gifted education program.

Gifted Education Services

The Andover School District offers a rich array of services for students identified as gifted. The district is committed to meeting the individual, unique needs of gifted students in the best manner possible. At each school, along with teachers who are specialists in gifted education, various beneficial services are available throughout students' scholastic experiences, ultimately seeking to personalize learning for each student.  

  • Individual Consultation with Gifted Education Specialists
  • Group Enrichment Experiences
  • Curriculum Enrichment Opportunities
  • Academic Competition Involvement
  • Curriculum Involvement
  • Gifted Education Course (Middle School)
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals

Gifted Education Curriculum

The Andover School District offers a comprehensive curriculum for gifted students centered on skills that are integral in all disciplines and all facets of life. The Gifted Education Curriculum focuses on essential skills for students to develop, and it facilitates students’ college and career readiness. These skills are grouped in six strands:

  • Research Skills
  • Critical & Creative Thinking Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Social & Emotional Skills
  • Technology Skills

For each level, these skills are embedded into group and individualized learning experiences personalized for the age and ability of each student. These skills provide the foundation upon which all the activities and experiences are built, allowing gifted students to be intellectually challenged in unique, meaningful ways.


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