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Talented and Gifted Program (TAG)

Talented and Gifted Program (TAG)


JCSD TAG Plan- Updated 2023


In order to be identified as talented and /or gifted students:

  • Students are referred to the TAG Identification team by a teacher, parent or admin.
  • The TAG team ( consisting of teacher(s), parent and TAG Coordinator)  will make a determination based on qualitative and quantitative evidence.
  • The student shows exceptional performance to the group norms.

Students may be identified in one or more of the following areas:

  • Intellectually Gifted
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Leadership
  • Music
  • Psychomotor
  • Dance

If you have questions regarding your student's identification, or the identification process, please contact Rebecca Smith. [email protected] 


Social/Emotional and Other Services for Gifted Students

A wide range of social and emotional needs accompanies each student's giftedness.  Oftentimes, gifted students are more intense and feel things more deeply than their same-age peers. To support the social and emotional needs of our middle school gifted students, our district offers TAG students meeting at least twice a month during lunch to discuss and receive support for their social needs with the TAG coordinator.

Our elementary TAG students meet with the TAG coordinator once a week to do advanced level thinking activities geared toward the students interests.

Academic Needs of Gifted Students

The Junction City School District is dedicated to providing a challenging learning environment where our students can discover new knowledge. Gifted students should be learning at an appropriate rate and level. The regular classroom teacher has become the major player in providing appropriate services.


  • Rate of Learning measures the pace at which the student successfully progresses through the curriculum after being placed at an appropriate instructional level. A student's rate of learning varies depending on the subject, degree of interest, level of difficulty, learning style and point in the learning process.
  • Level of Learning refers to the student's instruction level in the curriculum and place where the student will be successful, but will encounter knowledge and skills not yet learned or mastered. Level involves complexity of knowledge about the curriculum.
  • Additional learning opportunities have been brought to our district by the Chintimini Foundation. Students are able to participate in O.B.O.B., Lego League, Busy Hands, CyberPatriots, Green Team, Music, National Art Society and Beyond Math.  


Lending Library

Our growing lending library for students, parents, and teachers has books, games, movies and other materials related to gifted children and their unique needs. Our lending library is housed at Laurel.

Topics include:

  • Parenting
  • Teaching Support
  • Mind games and activities
  • Perfectionism
  • Curriculum
  • Sensitivities
  • Characteristics
  • Twice-exceptional children

This lending library has been brought to you through generous support from the Chintimini Fund and the Junction City School District.



Contact Rebecca Smith, by phone, email or in person, to discuss issues and receive support related to:

  • Academic challenges
  • Social-emotional needs
  • Home and school connection
  • Parenting
  • Other TAG-related concerns
  • Academic Apathy


Additional Resources

OSBA Policies regarding TAG have been updated the 2023-24 school year and can be found in a new location.  Please visit this area for policies regarding TAG.

Academic Competition Groups

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)
  Grades 3-5, 6-8 Meets Oct.- Mar.
Lego League Jr.
 Grades 3-5 Meets Oct.-June
Lego League
 Grade 5-6 Meets Oct. - Jan.
Brain Bowl
 Grades 6-8 Meets Oct.- Mar.
Speed Stacking
 Grades K-8 Meets Nov.- Apr.
Rubik's Cube
  Grades K-8 Meets Nov.- Apr.