The Laurel County Public proudly recognizes Gifted Education Week during the month of February and proclaim the week of February 23-27 as Gifted and Talented Education Week. Students are identified as Gifted and Talented (GT) in a variety of areas such as General Intellectual Ability, Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Academic Aptitude, Leadership, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, or Language Arts.
There are a variety of enrichment activities offered to Laurel County GT students. All elementary and middle school GT students can work with Compass, a self -paced computer software program which allows the student to move at their own speed and advance to the next level once a skill is mastered. Identified elementary GT students are also given the opportunity to attend regular enrichment sessions with the district GT teacher. Barbara Meding pulls elementary GT students in the fourth and fifth grades from regular classroom activities for a period of time to work on skills in their area of giftedness. Students at all grade levels are provided the opportunity to participate on the Academic Team and in the Student Technology Leadership Program. Many GT students participate in Governor’s Cup competitions and on Future Problem Solving teams. Individual schools often design unique activities that include both GT and other students. For example, London Elementary has a drama club in which gifted students may participate. North Laurel and South Laurel Middle Schools have taken GT students to the Challenger Space Center in Hazard. Some art teachers in the district conduct instruction for the GT students before school begins and arrange for them to display their art in both the school and business locations.