The district offers opportunities for gifted and highly gifted students in an effort to develop the academic abilities of all students to their highest potential. Developing skills for in-depth study and self-directed learning are important goals of the program. Students learn from interaction with other students of similar abilities, develop leadership skills and work to acquire an understanding of their abilities. The gifted program offers differentiated curricula based on the regular curricula. Students are identified for the gifted program using multiple criteria including: outstanding performance, behavioral checklists; product review; standardized tests and psychological assessment. Differentiated curricula are modified to suit the learning needs of gifted and talented young people. Learning activities for gifted students may differ in content, process, product and the learning environment. K-6 gifted students are grouped to participate in literature and math classes.