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Lower Merion School District


Gifted Education

What Is Giftedness?

In Pennsylvania, 'mentally gifted' is defined as outstanding intellectual and creative ability, the development of which requires specially designed programs or support services, or both, not ordinarily provided in the regular education program. The term 'mentally gifted' includes a person who has an IQ of 130 or higher or a person who meets multiple criteria indicating gifted ability.

What Might Giftedness Look Like?

  • In comparison to similarly-aged peers within a setting, the following observable behaviors may indicate gifted ability:
  • Acquires new academic information quickly and with little practice
  • Asks questions frequently; highly curious
  • Retains and recalls academic information with ease
  • Unusually large vocabulary
  • Understands nuanced language and complex ideas
  • Has well developed expressive communication
  • Reasons abstractly to solve problems and puzzles
  • Generalizes learned information to novel situations
  • Deep, intense academic interests
  • Uses high level thinking skills, such as analysis, evaluation and synthesis
  • Has well developed leadership skills
  • Concerns for social and political issues

Kimberly Fraser
Director of Student Services and Special Education
Phone: 610-645-1918
301 E. Montgomery Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

Lauren Walker
Lead Supervisor of Clinical Services & Gifted Education
Phone: 610-645-1873

301 E. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003

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