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Resources for Nevada Parents

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Know the Law
Nevada Revised Statutes on Gifted Education

    "The Legislature declares that the basic support guarantee for each special education program unit established by law for each school year establishes financial resources sufficient to ensure a reasonably equal educational opportunity to pupils with disabilities and gifted and talented pupils residing in Nevada..."

State Policies on Gifted Education
  • 369,498 = Students enrolled in Grades K-12 (2003-2004)
  • $3,225,269,000 (Estimate) = Dollars allocated for education (2004 - 2005)
  • $0 = Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming ( more!

Know Whom to Contact

    Nevada GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Office


    Talk to Joan Goldstein, who's both compassionate and intelligent.

Marti Bein, (pronounced as bine)

    Marti, who teaches at Rogich Middle School, is in charge of the Highly Gifted Program in Clark County. The HG program provides services for identified gifted students of 145 IQ and up.

Find Friends

This Las Vegas group comprises parents whose children have been identified as HG through Clark County School District. The group provides information and support and advocates for gifted education in CCSD. Contact Mary Cimo, the group's leader.

Nevada Gifted and Talented

    A Yahoo message group for parents of identified gifted students in CCSD.
Find Organizations
    The Davidson Institute of Talent Development

    Based in northern Nevada, The Davidson Institute provides a wealth of articles and information on giftedness in general. It is also home to the Davidson Young Scholars, a program geared towards meeting the needs of extremely and profoundly gifted young people.

Genius Denied

    Affiliated with the Davidson Institute and Jan and Bob Davidson's book of the same name, this excellent site gives a state-by-state breakdown of gifted law and much more.

    Nevada Association for the Gifted and Talented

    A helpful organization for GT students whose mission is "to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences."
    For more information, contact Madelyn Read at 850-8041 or Alice Heiman at 852-5020.

    Gifted Development Center

    Lots of help especially on visual-spatial learners, the GDC is headed by a leading researcher, Dr. Linda Silverman. A helpful source for assessment and articles.

    National Association of Gifted Children

    From the NAGC mission statement: "NAGC is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences."

Find Talent Searches!

    Johns Hopkins University / Center for Talented Youth Talent Search

    "CTY conducts the nation's oldest and most extensive academic talent search and offers educational programming for students with exceptionally high academic ability. For more than 20 years, the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University has identified Americaís top academic students in grades two through eight and provided challenging educational programs through their 10th grade year."

Find Gifted-Friendly Schools
    Advanced Technologies Academy

    A-TECH, a magnet academy and nationally-recognized Blue Ribbon School, is one of Las Vegas' best climates for gifted high school students. Students major in any one of seven academic areas including computer science, law, and others. Expectations are high, but students are tolerant of diversity and unlike at many other schools, intelligence is respected.

    The Las Vegas Academy

    The full name of this magnet school is the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts, which is why Las Vegas call it "The Academy." Not unlike the School of the Performing Arts in New York City (i.e., the "Fame" school), the Academy is to performing arts and language what A-TECH is to computer science. Drama, music, foreign language, and humanities in general flourish here, as does a near-insistence on individuality and diversity.

    Community College High School

    It's a pleasure to "out" one of Clark County's best-kept educational secrets for gifted and highly gifted high schoolers. Minimally funded and practically invisible, CCHS is one of the best options for high school students who basically want to start college NOW and take college classes for credit while completing their high school diplomas.

    CCHS Website

    Community College High School's official website.

Try Washoe County!

    "One of the classrooms at Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School in northwest Reno is like an advanced think tank for kids....Itís tough to get in. All of the 22 students in the the minimum requirement of a 145 IQ...Together they learn at a rate of skyrocketing acceleration."(More!)
    Try UNLV!

    UNLV's SAGE Academy consists of five courses designed especially for gifted high school students, where they can earn 3 college credits per course.