How competitive are your GT programs?

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How competitive are your GT programs?
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 11:25pm

I was just reading this NY Times article about the city's GT programs and how the gifted children outnumber seats in the program 4 to 1.

Are programs that competitive where you are? Do your kids attend private GT programs or take part in the programs offered at their public school?



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Registered: 07-23-2002
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 1:04am

Well, "competitive" isn't exactly the term I'd use, since having a really high IQ isn't exactly something you can strive for, kwim? The article says the cutoff is the 97th percentile, which may be the issue. That's a pretty low cut-off compared to what is used in my area. That means 1 in 30 kids would be included, and that seems like a lot to me! No wonder they don't have room for them all. Here the definition of giftedness is the 99th percentile (IQ=/>135), so only 1 in 100 kids.

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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 12:44am

Ours are not competitive. There has always been spots for anyone who qualifies. Granted, the programs have varied greatly from one to another. DD's elementary didn't have one until she was in 5th grade and it was a GATE cluster. In middle school, she had a daily GATE class which was social studies. In high school, she was in the "Seminar" program which is for highly gifted teens. DS had GATE starting in 3rd grade and it was a pull-out 3 times a week (though not an academic pull-out.)

Some districts used different measures. Some were straight scores. Others took into account parent/teacher evaluations. I've never heard of a gifted child in our county not getting a position in whatever GATE program a school offered.