Asheville City Schools defines gifted students as individuals who perform or show potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. Academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular education program. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
Asheville City Schools believes all students can learn, achieve, and succeed. Specifically, we believe all gifted students demonstrate individual strengths and needs that require active participation in differentiated educational services. Their unique potential for learning should be met through expanded educational opportunities including parent, community, and school collaboration. We believe differentiated education services should respect and reflect the ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences present within the gifted population We believe ongoing staff development is necessary to maintain a highly skilled professional staff trained to meet the specific needs of gifted students