Intro to WASD Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented in West Ada School District


    In West Ada School District, we work to support the gifted and talented learner in many ways. We want to help the whole child develop. We focus on depth and complexity of learning, rather than acceleration. None of our GT courses are accelerated into another grade level. We want to help students find the love of asking questions and delving into new realms. We know that the students we have today are preparing for jobs that we cannot name, but we know they need to be problem solvers and have persistence in the face of challenges. We understand that social and emotional needs of the students must be addressed for them to maximize their potential, so we have affective curriculum built into each grade’s GT service - 1st grade through eighth grade.


    Our Gifted and Talented program allows for many points of entry. We begin testing students for services in 1st grade, and we continue to offer identification testing through eighth grade. In first and second grade, services are provided through the weekly pullout GT program. We bus students one day a week from approximately 9:30-1:30 to one of five GT centers. During this time students work on units and projects that are aligned to standards, but allow for creativity and collaboration. Beginning in third grade, families and students have two options: pull out and self-contained classrooms. For self-contained, we currently have three schools that house this program- Andrus, Discovery, and Siena. The seats are assigned through a lottery system that opens every spring (February/March). In these self-contained classrooms, we work from compacted curriculum to allow for more cross-curricular connections and more depth of learning. 

    The application for self-contained (3rd-5th) can be found on the Self-Contained page. The application for the lottery will run for the month of March, and students will be placed at the beginning of April for the upcoming school year. 

    Cara Hinkson is our program coordinator. Her email is or call 208.855.4500. If you are relocating and your child is currently in a gifted program, please email a copy of testing results to Ms. Hinkson for them to be reviewed.