Opportunities to Excel

Danville District No. 118 Gifted Program


The administration and staff in Danville Public Schools strive to ensure that every student learns to his/her fullest potential. We recognize that many students come to us with an ability to learn skills and concepts at a faster rate and in greater depth than the traditional student. Our goal for these students is to provide them the opportunity to learn to their fullest potential.

Formal gifted identification and programming begins in the second grade. However, all students are provided multiple opportunities to learn at their own pace. Flexible groupings in reading and math provide students with the opportunity to accelerate in skills and content as appropriate.


Criteria used for identification includes:

  • Scoring at least 90% or higher consistent on Star360 Reading and Star360 Math

  • Scoring a 120 or higher in any subtest of the Cogat on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills

  • Referred by classroom teacher and/or building administrator

  • Referred by parent and/or self

  • Scoring 120 or higher on the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test

Students are identified during Spring and Summer in preparation for the next school year.

Program Description:

Elementary School:
Elementary students in grades two, three, and four identified for gifted programming attend self-contained classes at Mark Denman Elementary School. Students in grades five and six attend self-contained classes at South View Upper Elementary.  Classroom instruction expands and accelerates the traditional curriculum to accommodate the unique needs and interests of the students.

Middle School:
Middle school students in grades seven and eight identified for gifted programming attend self-contained classes at North Ridge Middle School. While classroom instruction continues to expand and accelerate the traditional curriculum, students may opt out of or into a class based on individual strengths and interests.

High School:
Students at Danville High School have opportunity to participate in advanced programming through three different formats of courses:

  • Honors Classes: 

  • Advanced Placement Courses: 

  • Dual Enrollment: 

  • Participating students have graduated from Danville High School and enrolled in the college or university of their choice with as much as a year of college credit already on their transcript as a result of their participation in the High School

Further Facts:
  • Transportation for gifted programming is provided at no cost to the family

For further information: Contact Mary Ellen Bunton, Curriculum Director - (217) 444-1086
or any building administrator
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