Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 defines gifted students as "children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment." (National Association for Gifted Children, United States Department of Education, 1993)
The philosophy of the Gifted Program for Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 is that academically gifted students will receive high quality learning experiences that maximize individual potential and fosters each individual’s value, uniqueness and importance.
The Gifted Education Program, in coordination with the Illinois Legislation will provide differentiated and challenging opportunities for high achieving students who are identified as Gifted, regardless of economic status, ethnic origin, gender or physical disability.
We believe administrators, teachers, parents, and students should collaborate to provide services to all academically gifted individuals. It is further acknowledged equal opportunity does not mean identical opportunity.
It is the mission of Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 to provide a Gifted Education Program that:
- Fosters a high quality education to help meet the physiological, social, educational, and career needs of academically gifted students.
- Encourages students to become capable of intelligent choice, independent learning, problem solving, and self-initiated action.
- Strengthens skills and abilities in critical and creative thinking.
- Brings capable and motivated students together for support and intellectual stimulation.
- Maximizes students' learning and individual development while realizing their potential and their contribution to self and society.