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 5% or rarer) in one or more domains.

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 answersAsks the questions
Is interestedIs highly curious
Is attentiveIs mentally/physically involved
Has good ideasHas wild, silly ideas
Works hardPlays around yet tests well
Answers the questionsDiscusses in detail; elaborates
Top groupBeyond the group
Listens with interestShows strong feelings and opinions
Learns with easeAlready knows
6-8 repetitions for mastery1-2 repetitions to mastery
Understands ideasConstructs abstractions
Enjoys peersPrefers adults
Grasps the meaningDraws inferences
Completes assignmentsInitiates projects
Is receptiveIs intense
Copies accuratelyCreates a new design
Enjoys schoolEnjoys learning
Absorbs informationManipulates information
Good memorizerGood guesser
Enjoys straight-forward, sequential Thrives on complexity
Is alertIs keenly observant
Is pleased with own learningIs highly self-critical

By: Janice Szabos – Gifted Quarterly