Learning Support Services

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Doug Johnson, Executive Director II
Stacey Davis, Executive Assistant
15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2731


Characteristics of Giftedness

The following are characteristics that are common among gifted individuals. Not all gifted children display all of these characteristics at all times.
  • Is unusually attentive to details in the environment
  • Keeps at an issue until it makes sense
  • Displays unexpected depth of knowledge in one or more areas
  • Has accelerated task commitment and energy while learning
  • Wants to do things on own; independent
  • Asks penetrating questions
  • Is curious; asks how, why, and what if
  • Asks questions about words (in print and/or oral language)
  • Expresses similarities and differences between unrelated objects
  • Uses time concepts
  • Expresses relationships between past and present experiences
  • Sees another's point of view
  • Spontaneously takes action to help someone in need
  • Shows non-verbal awareness of other's needs
  • Has high expectations of self and others
  • Analyzes classroom tasks
  • Sees cause and effect relationships
  • Organizes collections of things
  • Makes up or expands songs, stories and riddles about learning experiences
  • Creates interesting shapes or patterns
  • Says or does something indicating a finely developed sense of humor
  • Catches an adult's subtle humor
  • Understands and uses puns and riddles
  • "Plays" with language


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