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Gifted and Talented

Lesli Van Why, Gifted and Talented Coordinator
Laurie Followell, Gifted and Talented Secondary Consultant

Shelley Badgett, Program Director
Troy Benningfield, Program Director
Kim Riley, Gifted and Talented Administrative Assistant


Kentucky offers gifted education services for identified students across all grade levels. Primary students are screened and selected as high potential learners and students in grades 4-12 are formally identified for services in one or more of the following areas:

  • general intellectual aptitude
  • specific academic aptitude
  • creative or divergent thinking
  • psychosocial or leadership skills
  • visual or performing arts

704 KAR 3:285. Programs for the gifted and talented.