Westmoreland County Public Schools recognize and value the individual differences of all students. We believe that all children have the right to an education commensurate with their abilities to learn, and that differentiated, individualized instruction is necessary to enable each student to reach his/her full potential. We believe all students should be challenged and learn something new every day, and we believe all students should have the opportunity to be successful.
In keeping with the general philosophy, Westmoreland County Public Schools recognize that gifted students need specific instructional services in order to reach their fullest potential, and we are committed to providing those services. We believe gifted education program options should provide an atmosphere and learning opportunities which foster the intellectual, emotional and social growth of gifted students. We believe gifted students need opportunities to interact with other gifted students, as well as with all students. We also believe gifted students need opportunities to interact with specially trained teachers and guidance counselors, along with other persons uniquely qualified to work with gifted students.
Finally, we believe that giftedness is equally prevalent in all ethnic, gender and socioeconomic classes, and we must be sensitive to identify and appropriately serve underserved populations of gifted students.