For Parents

Questions about giftedness or the CSD Gifted Program?
Look here for answers to those questions as well as many meaningful articles and resources just for parents.

CES Challenge Program          

Gifted Sites       

CSD Gifted Mission Statement/Philosophy

What Does Gifted Mean?

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Gifted vs. Bright

Mississippi Gifted Facts & Statistics

Time Management for Gifted Children

Myths & Truths about Gifted Students

More Myths & Explanations about Gifted Students

The Stress of Being Gifted & Talented


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10 Ways to Help Your Kids Get A's

35 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior & Attention Span

Multiple Intelligences

Gifted Resources

CES On-Site Gifted Resources

Apps for Gifted Kids

CAB - Challenge Advisory Board:  Are you a gifted child parent, concerned community leader, gifted student or former student?  Are you interested in the Challenge programming?  If so, join our CAB (Challenge Advisory Board).  CAB was created in 2009 with its first meeting on January 22.  CAB is a group of stakeholders, serving 1 or 2 year terms, reviewing and advising the Columbia School District's Gifted Program.  Stakeholders include current students, former students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and community leaders.  The CAB meets at least once a year in May. Please contact me via email, bboutwell@columbiaschools.orgto discuss joining this important committee.  


PAGE - Parent Advocates for Gifted Education:           

Parent Advocates for Gifted Education, PAGE, was established in 2009.  It is a group of parents committed to advocate for gifted education and gifted children of the Columbia School District.  The group meets 1-2 times per year.  If you are interested in joining PAGE, please print and return the membership form before September 1.  

We are in need of parents who want to act as officers of our advocate group.  If you are interested, please contact me at  The gifted ed teachers will assist you!

Why Is It Important to Advocate for Gifted Children and Youth?

  • Gifted children are the only exceptional learners not protectedunder federal law for a free and appropriate public education.

  • Less than 2 cents of every 100 educational dollars is spent on gifted education in the U.S.

  • Gifted children are at a greater risk for underachievement.

  • Many gifted children have mastered 35-50% of the school curriculum in the five core subject areas before their school year begins.

  • Without appropriate challenges, gifted students are likely toregress to normal or below normal levels of achievement.

  • America's top students do not perform well when compared with their counterparts around the world.

  • Most public school teachers are not equipped to deal with the special needs of gifted children because they have no specific training in gifted education.

If we don't stand up for Mississippi's brightest students, who will?

*Taken from the MAGC website.