• 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


    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 Susan Dugle at (502) 633-2375.


    Clear Creek & Southside Elem:
    Karen McPherson, 502-633-3452 CCE, 502-633-4460 SSE

    Heritage Elementary:

    Wright Elementary:
    Ashley Berlin, 502-633-5222

    Painted Stone and Simpsonville Elementary:
    Kayce Deutsch, 502-647-4505 PSE, 502-722-8855 Simpsonville

    East and West Middle School:
    Dawn Harrod, 502-633-1478 EMS, 502-633-4869 WMS

    Martha Layne Collins High School:
    Leah Wilson, 502-647-1160

    Shelby County High School:
    Kathie Wrightson, 502633-2344