What is a Gifted Child?

children who are gifted are unique and have specialized learning needs

Children who are gifted are unique and have specialized learning needs. Nasri Academy understands these unique learning needs and focuses on the whole child. The goal is to develop passionate, engaged learners that value lifelong learning. Students are provided opportunities to tackle real world, hands-on projects, and problem based learning incorporating the use of multiple perspectives.

Nasri Academy’s faculty and staff address the cognitive, affective, academic, and social needs of gifted children. Understanding the individual learning styles of the children enables us to cultivate their natural love of discovery and encourage their ability to innovate. Additionally, we are able to guide and strengthen their resiliency and self-esteem. This is accomplished in an academic environment which constantly expands and deepens understanding.


Common Characteristics of a GIFTED Child*:

Because gifted children are so diverse, not all exhibit all characteristics all of the time. However, there are common characteristics* that many gifted individuals share.

  • Unusual alertness, even in infancy

  • Rapid learner; puts thoughts together quickly

  • Excellent memory

  • Unusually large vocabulary and complex sentence structure for age

  • Advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas

  • Enjoys solving problems, especially with numbers and puzzles

  • Often self-taught reading and writing skills as preschooler

  • Deep, intense feelings and reactions

  • Highly sensitive

  • Thinking is abstract, complex, logical, and insightful

  • Idealism and sense of justice at early age

  • Concern with social and political issues and injustices

  • Longer attention span and intense concentration

  • Preoccupied with own thoughts—daydreamer

  • Learn basic skills quickly and with little practice

  • Asks probing questions

  • Wide range of interests (or extreme focus in one area)

  • Highly developed curiosity

  • Interest in experimenting and doing things differently

  • Puts idea or things together that are not typical

  • Keen and/or unusual sense of humor

  • Desire to organize people/things through games or complex schemas

  • Vivid imaginations (and imaginary playmates when in preschool)

* common characteristics from nagc.org


  1. Gifted Children need the opportunity to be challenged at the level that can maximize their potential.

  2. Gifted Children need a place to belong and communicate with other like minded, passionate students.

  3. Gifted Children need to move at an accelerated pace with enough stimulation to be engaged so we can foster higher level thinking skills.

  4. Gifted Children need social and emotional safeties were they are understood, accepted, and nurtured.

  5. Gifted Children need to grow intellectually, physically, emotionally, and most importantly be happy.