The Walton School District recognizes that there are gifted students whose intellectual capacity, rate of learning and potential for creative contributions demand experiences beyond the regular curriculum. It is essential to provide diverse, appropriate and on going learning experiences in environments that incorporate the academic, psychological and social needs of gifted students.
The Walton School District QUEST Program for students identified as gifted provides instruction designed to help each student reach his or her full academic potential. Fundamental to curricula developed for gifted students are learning experiences that develop the use of higher level thinking skills and processes. Through consultation and direct services that involve multi-disciplinary thematic units and creative thinking activities, students are encouraged to apply these skills and make informed decisions, understand and apply concepts, make reasonable judgments and define, create and implement strategies for solving problems. Differentiated instruction is supported through collaboration with classroom teachers.
We recognize that gifted and talented learners have various learning styles and develop at different rates. To accommodate these factors, we are commited to providing differentiated curricula that develop higher thinking skills, self-direction, leadership, risk taking, curiosity, creativity, and interpersonal relationships.
We further believe that creating a supportive environment will permit students to develop a sense of self-worth, a desire for excellence, and an individual commitment to the school and the community in an ever-changing society.