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Gifted Services for Talent Development

For over 30 years, parents and teachers of Austin have valued Gifted Services for Talent Development to enrich their students' educational experience. It is our commitment to continue to provide comprehensive services that meet the needs of our students - academically, cognitively, creatively, and emotionally.

The philosophy of the Austin Public School Gifted and Talented Services is to match advanced academic services to students' learning needs by responding to how students demonstrate their knowledge on universal assessments which include, but are not limited to, Scantron Performance Series Math and Reading tests. All students in grades 1, 3, and 5 are also administered the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) ability test to give another data point to inform decisions. Local norms are used to identify students who may benefit from advanced academic options.

The mission of the Gifted Services for Talent Development program is to recognize and challenge intellectually gifted and academically talented learners to meet individual academic and affective learning needs.

Our vision is to be a leader in providing a rigorous continuum of services for intellectually gifted and academically talented learners and a resource to districts and stakeholders, being the catalyst that will challenge and develop tenacious learners and the staff who persevere to serve them.

We value:
  • Cognitive, creative, inner- and inter-personal development
  • Equitable access to advanced services
  • Responding to individual needs
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Research-based practices
  • Engaging families and the community
  • Authentic experiences
  • Cultivating highly-qualified staff
  • Communicating openly and frequently

Our district model for instruction is based on a multi-tiered system of supports.

Tier 1: Effective Differentiated Core Instruction (All Students)

All students receive standards-based core instruction in their classrooms. Teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs within their classrooms.

Tier 2: Targeted Enrichment Interventions and Supports (Some Students)

Tier 2 is designed to give additional targeted instruction for students who need enrichment interventions. Examples of this include pull-out/push-in groups that work on math, reading, or critical thinking skills.

Tier 3: Intensive Enrichment Interventions and Supports (A Few Students)

There are a few students who need something different than grade-level curriculum. In these cases, a team collaborates to develop an appropriate plan for the student.


Association for Gifted Children

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented

Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth [MITY]
7th - 11th grade students may apply for 1 of 2 scholarships offered through the Austin Public Schools

Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search [NUMATS]

SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program [UMTYMP]
Applicants must take a qualifying exam. Please check the website ( for information and dates.

Austin Public Schools
401 3rd Ave NW
Austin, MN  55912
Phone: 507-460-1900
Superintendent: David Krenz
Administrative Assistant: Sharon Alms

Important Phone Numbers
District Enrollment: 507-460-1937