SCPS Talented and Gifted

As Educators of Talented and Gifted Students in SCPS, our mission is to inspire self-awareness through rigorous learning experiences, support the discovery of personal passions and encourage positive social impact.

  • 2022-2023 Gifted and Talented Referral OPENS Dec. 13, 2023 through  Jan. 10, 2024.  

    Select the TAG Referral Information tab on the left of this screen to access online referral links and information.

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  • Shelby County Public Schools provides gifted services for identified students 4th – 12th grades in General Intelligence, Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Social Studies, Dance, Drama, Vocal, Instrumental, Art, Creativity, and Leadership.  Referred students in Kindergarten – 3rd grades are eligible to participate in the Primary Talent Pool.

    What does “gifted” mean?

    “Gifted and talented student” means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment and who:

    • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area;
    • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
    • excels in a specific academic field.

    “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).” - National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
    "The term ‘gifted and talented,” when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities."  - Federal Definition


    Talented and Gifted Resources:

    Gifted and Talented Links of Interest

    Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

    Western Kentucky University Center for Gifted Studies

    Resources from Kentucky Department of Education:

    Primary Talent Pool Brochure

    What is a Gifted Student? PowerPoint

    Gifted and Talented Frequently Asked Questions

    Gifted and Talented Resource Booklet

    Nurturing Our Future: A Parent's Guide to meeting the Needs of Kentucky's Gifted and Talented Youth

    How do I refer/recommend my child for enrichment (Kindergarten through 3rd grades) and/or gifted services?

    For information regarding TAG referrals and/or testing, please contact Susie Burkhardt


    District Coordinator of Gifted and Talented

    Susanne Burkhardt


    SCPS Teachers of Gifted and Talented:

    High School TAG
    Karen McPherson 

    Middle School TAG
    Amanda Harris

    Elementary School TAG
    Rebekah Bastin






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