• 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 susanne.burkhardt@shelby.kyschools.us


    Clear Creek Elementary & Marnel C Moorman School:
    Karen McPherson

    Heritage Elementary:
    Rebekah Bastin


    Wright Elementary and Southside Elementary:
    Ashley Berlin

    Painted Stone and Simpsonville Elementary:
    Kayce Deutsch

    East and West Middle School:
    Amanda Harris

    Martha Layne Collins High School:
    Leah Wilson

    Shelby County High School:
    Abby Siemen