Frequently Asked Questions


How do you define Highly Capable?

Highly Capable students are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude(defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence(documented performance or achievement in the top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., math, music, language) and/or set of sensory motor skills (e.g.,painting, dance, and sports).



What are some characteristics of Highly Capable students?

            •Thoughtfully interrelating complex knowledge from multiple subject areas

                  •Having exceptional insight to themes and generalizations

                  •Demonstrating sophistication in learning and applying new information to tasks

                  •Asking provocative questions that probe and analyze problems

                  •Giving diverse, thought-provoking, responses that lead to innovative solutions

                  •Insightfully evaluating information and ideas

                  •Creating products that synthesize ideas from a variety of challenging sources

                  •Initiating and going above and beyond required assignments



What is the difference between a bright child and a Highly Capable child?



Knows the answers

Asks the questions

Is interested

Is highly curious

Is attentive

Is mentally/physically involved

Has good ideas

Has wild, silly ideas

Works hard

Plays around yet tests well

Answers the questions

Discusses in detail; elaborates

Top group

Beyond the group

Listens with interest

Shows strong feelings and opinions

Learns with ease

Already knows

6-8 repetitions for mastery

1-2 repetitions to mastery

Understands ideas

Constructs abstractions

Enjoys peers

Prefers adults

Grasps the meaning

Draws inferences

Completes assignments

Initiates projects

Is receptive

Is intense

Copies accurately

Creates a new design

Enjoys school

Enjoys learning

Absorbs information

Manipulates information



Good memorizer

Good guesser

Enjoys straight-forward, sequential presentation

Thrives on complexity

Is alert

Is keenly observant

Is pleased with own learning

Is highly self-critical


By: Janice Szabos – Gifted Quarterly