High Potential, Gifted and Talented


Some students have academic skills, cognitive abilities, leadership abilities and creative talents beyond their classmates. High Potential learners have the right to an educational environment where their unique education needs are planned for and respected. High Potential services are designed to meet the needs of these students.

High Potential students are children and youth with outstanding talent relative to others of their age, experience or environment. High Potential students are identified through a screening process that is multi-dimensional, including teacher observation, parent input, student input, classroom performance, and standardized test information. Parents/guardians who have questions or concerns about their child and services should call their school or the District High Potential Department, 952-401-5100.

Vision and mission

High Potential students have unique characteristics that require appropriate learning experiences. Education should provide opportunities appropriate to each individual's abilities, motivation, type & pace of learning and potential (in accordance with State Board Rules).

  • To provide programs and opportunities for students to discover, develop and realize their potential as individuals and as contributing, responsible members of the community.
  • To encourage achievement at a level commensurate with the student's ability.


"...children who by virtue of outstanding abilities are capable of high performance. These are children whose potential can be realized through differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program. Children capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability in any of the following areas, singly or in combination: general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creative or productive thinking, leadership ability, visual and performing arts."


Diane Rundquist
Director of Advanced Learner Programs

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