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Gifted & Talented

Broken Arrow Public Schools is committed to providing opportunities that promote the growth of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for students to reach their full potential. Through this commitment, the best possible student outcomes are achieved.

There are students whose abilities require differentiated programs for the full development of their general intellectual ability, specific academic ability, thinking skills, leadership ability, and performance or productive ability.

BA Gifted Education Program Plan - pdf


Grades 3-5

Enrichment is a broad-­based program that consists of a variety of options for elementary school gifted students.

  • Students are identified in second grade using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), which is administered in the spring.
  • Identified students in grades 3-5 are placed in cluster groups within heterogeneous classrooms.
  • Gifted learners needs are met primarily through curriculum differentiation by classroom teachers.
  • Academic enrichment specialists serve as coaches to provide resources for teachers, work with small groups and/or team teach in classrooms.

Grades 6-12

Unique patterns of individual characteristics, interest, aptitudes, abilities and values indicate that secondary schools should offer many choices to the intellectually gifted.

Students identified as gifted at the middle school level may select from a variety of honor courses. These courses emphasize strategic reasoning, creative and critical thinking skills, and cooperative learning strategies. Advanced course work will differ in pace, breadth and depth.

At the high school level (grades 9-12), students identified as gifted will select from a variety of options. Their coursework may include Pre-AP classes and/or AP classes. Both Pre-AP and AP classes will emphasize strategic reasoning, creative and critical thinking skills, and cooperative learning strategies. Advanced coursework will differ in pace, breadth and depth.

Upcoming Parent Chat Meetings

The following are the upcoming dates for the Gifted and Talented Parent Chat meetings for the 2020-21 school year: 

Thursday, April 8: Virtual Meeting

Gifted Gazette Newsletters

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Peterson at jpeterson@baschools.org.