PACE Gifted and Talented Program


Goals of the PACE Program

  • Identify gifted students in all areas of giftedness according to state standards (developed in 1988).
  • Maximize gifted students’ learning in their respective areas of giftedness.
  • Develop creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Develop self-awareness, personal/social skills, learning motivation, and decision-making skills.
  • Provide gifted students with a variety of social, cultural, academic, and career-related experiences.

Areas of Gifted and Talented

  • Intellectual
  • Creative
  • Artistic
  • Leadership
  • Academic

PACE Student Activities

  • The elementary PACE resource teachers provide gifted and talented students services through group meetings, competitions, whole-class presentations, field trips and extent ion materials.
  • The middle school PACE program includes subject area enrichment and extensions, assessments, and workshops. Students are provided program area experiences focused on identified areas and PACE teacher/student goals.

Student Identification

A student may be "nominated" for the PACE program by a teacher, a parent, or even by the student himself. Once a completed nomination form is submitted to the PACE resource teacher, the following takes place:

  1. The PACE resource teacher contacts the nominated student’s parents/guardians for permission to administer the appropriate screening instruments.
  2. The PACE resource teacher collects information outlined on the criteria sheet from the student, parents/guardians, school staff, and other involved persons.
  3. The PACE verification committee meets to review the nomination and screening information to determine the appropriateness of PACE programming.
  4. The PACE resource teacher notifies parents/guardians of the decision of the committee.

The PACE verification committee may include the PACE resource teacher, teacher(s) of the arts, librarian, guidance counselor, principal, and grade level representatives.

A student can be nominated at any grade level for the PACE program. Once a student has been nominated and chosen for the PACE program, he is in the PACE program throughout his entire school career.

For more information about our gifted and talented program, contact:

Assistant Superintendent, Student and Instructional Services
Mark Holzman|
(920) 459-3781