I don't know for certain whether or not my dd is gifted. I believe she is incredibly bright and well ahead of the curve. Her K teacher and her 1st and 2nd grade teachers have all said that they believe she is gifted and that I should put her in a gifted school. However, the gifted schools in our city really turn me off for a variety of reasons.
Right now we find ourselves rather frustrated. DD just finished 2nd grade. DD's teacher made a strong recommendation that dd skip 3rd grade in to 4th. She is reading at a 6th-7th grade level and doing math at a 4th-5th grade level. She consistently test in the 99th percentile in both subjects. She also has a pronounced interest in biology and is a talented artist.
She is definitely one of those kids that gets really turned off and tuned out when she is bored (and gets a huge attitude). That is one of her teacher's concerns for her in staying in 3rd grade next year. He is an exceptional teacher and works hard with all of his students to individualize their work as much as possible. He worked very hard with dd all year to keep her challenged and stimulated. He was the first teacher that ever did that and lo and behold, this was the first year dd really enjoyed school. The bits I've heard about the 3rd grade teacher lead me to believe this will not be the case with her.
Well, thanks to NCLB, my city school board will not allow ANY child to skip 3rd grade, as it is a testing year. In their words, "It would mean taking the brainiest kids out of a test year that determines funding."
So, who cares about what's in dd's best interest; she's got to stick where she is so she can perform well on a test.
The school also has no gifted programs or resources.
We are hoping to be able to home school after this coming school year, but that's over a year away.
I guess this is just a vent. I'm worried dd is going to be bored and frustrated all this coming school year.