Gifted Programs

Park Hill School District Gifted Programs

The Park Hill School District has several special programs designed to challenge students who are academically gifted and help them develop their talents. Gifted programs teach students about critical thinking, logic, creativity and problem-solving.

At the elementary level, the gifted program is a pull-out class called Bridges. Each week, second- through fifth-grade Bridges students ride buses to three elementary schools throughout the district. 

At the middle school, students attend Bridges classes in their own school. At the high school level, students have opportunities to take advanced placement and honors-level classes.

Gifted Handbook (PDF)

For more information, contact Director of Elementary Education Dr. Jasmine Briedwell, (816) 359-4031.

Qualifying for Gifted Programs

The state of Missouri sets the guidelines for deciding which students qualify for gifted programs. Missouri gifted programs serve those students who are in the top two to three percent of the district population.

Students new to the Park Hill District will have their transcript records evaluated to determine placement in the Park Hill Bridges program. Please be sure to indicate on the district enrollment form if your student was evaluated for a gifted program in your previous school district.

All students who score at the 95% level or higher in three or more content areas on the Terra Nova annual assessment qualify for the gifted screening process.

Parents will be notified by phone or letter to grant permission for further testing. After testing is completed, the gifted teacher will meet with the District Coordinator to determine if a student qualifies, or if further testing is needed.

When all testing is completed, a final letter will be sent to notify parents if a student qualifies for placement in the district gifted program. Students who qualify will have to have parental permission for placement in the gifted program.