Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy

First Advisor

Dr. Beth Minor

Second Advisor

Dr. Linell Monson


There exists a population of gifted and talented students for whom the educational system does not service. These children are often either from poverty or minority backgrounds, or sometimes so profoundly smart that schools simply do not know what to do with them or where they fit in. This change plan explores the opportunity for a school just for these students, where they can study free of hindrances of standards and acceleration. After research and interviews with members of the field of gifted, there may not currently be such a model anywhere in our country. Schools do exist for gifted students, but because of their ability to score highly on standardized tests, the performance of the school will always look like it is near the top of any ranking, but it does not necessarily mean that the school is servicing the children as individuals and providing opportunities for them to get the most of their abilities.