Gifted & Talented

Miles Lawson
Secondary Curriculum and Gifted and Talented Coordinator
651-403-7025 |

In West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Schools, the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program begins in grade 3 and seeks to nurture the exceptional abilities of students by providing ongoing opportunities for enrichment and acceleration. As a student in the GT program, your child will:

  • Be grouped with their academic peers within the regular classroom
  • Participate in curriculum extension projects based on interest and/or academic strengths (opportunities vary each year)
  • Work with the Gifted and Talented/Enrichment Specialist
  • Have enrichment opportunities before, during or after school

Students in the Gifted & Talented Program participate in co-curricular activities such as National Spelling Bee, National Geographic Bee, Odyssey of the Mind, Continental Math, and Young Authors' Conference. 


Each elementary and middle school has a gifted education teacher who works with students and collaborates with classroom teachers to provide appropriate challenge and differentiation for students.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle School and Friendly Hills Middle School Gifted and Talented service models are specific to their building.

In high school, students have access to a variety of rigorous coursework through classes such as Advanced Placement (AP), College in the Schools (CIS), Project Lead the Way and beyond. School counselors are available to help with post-secondary planning and support students through the Naviance program, which allows them to develop a personalized portfolio of their work and research colleges and careers. A guide to preparing gifted and talented high school students for graduation has been developed for families: English Spanish