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Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers.

Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers who are or have been active in that field or fields.

Gifted and talented students have cognitive and emotional abilities that allow them to learn much more quickly than their age peers.

Hallett Cove R-12 caters for gifted and talented students by systematic identification, Curriculum Differentiation and appropriate services and programs.


• Parent/teacher observation plus early developmental history and play interests
• Standardised achievement tests
• Restricted tests administered by DECD psychologists
• Nomination by parent/teacher/peer or professional
• Checklists of traits and characteristics and behaviours
• Cumulative school history and anecdotal evidence
• Interviews /interest surveys
• Tests designed for higher levels of education and giftedness assessment (ACER)

For curriculum differentiation to thrive at Hallett Cove R-12, strategies are systematically implemented at both the school and classroom levels.

Challenging curriculum is implemented that matches the ability of gifted students to:
• learn at faster rates,
• find, solve and act on problems more readily and to
• manipulate abstract ideas and make connections to an advanced degree

Activities are planned where students are challenged in the areas of:

• knowledge,
• comprehension,
• application,
• analysis,
• synthesis and
• evaluation

Programs such as Creative Thinking, Enrichment, Bluearth, Specialised Sports, Music (both instrumental and band), Future Problem Solving and interest clubs exist to challenge and extend students.