Gifted and Talented


At Metro Nashville Public Schools, we strive to ensure that extraordinary academic talent is recognized and nurtured. It is the shared responsibility of teachers and parents to make certain that gifted and talented students are connected to stimulating academic programs.

Signs That Your Child Is Gifted & Talented

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程The office of Gifted and Talent will follow the screening schedule below for students who are currently enrolled in a Metro Nashville Public School is grades Pre-K – 7.

2019-2020 School Year:
Fall, 2019 – Students in grades 3-7 screened for Encore Services
Spring, 2019 – Students in grades Pre K-2 screened for Encore Services

2020-2021 School Year:
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Spring, 2021 – Students in grades Pre K – 7 screened for Encore Services

According to the National Association for Children (NAGC), a typical gifted child often exhibits some or all of the following traits:

  • Unbridled curiosity

  • Eagerness to know “how” and “why”

  • 2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Exceptional memory

  • 2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程A vast wealth of general knowledge

  • 2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Keen understanding of the way humans interact

  • 2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Sensitivity to the emotions of others

  • Able to grasp abstract concepts

  • Pays attention to details when making observations

  • Good sense of humor; “gets” and tells jokes

  • 2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Early ability to hone in on specific interests

  • 2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Committed to projects

  • 2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Expansive vocabulary, both in speaking and in writing

  • 2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Ability and preference to hold conversation with adults

  • Able to learn quickly (within 1 to 2 repetitions)

  • Impatience with repetitive tasks

  • Frequent elaboration in artwork and writing

  • Perfectionist tendencies

  • Able to make unusual connections

You can learn more about what sorts of characteristics are common indicators of uncommon academic talent through the links below, provided by the , both in English and Spanish.


About Encore: The Metro Schools Gifted & Talented Program

The Metro Schools Gifted & Talented Program is called Encore. Students gain eligibility for Encore based on excellent classroom performance, superior results on a nationally-normed or criterion referenced achievement test and/or evidence of higher-level thinking as measured by assessment of abstract reasoning and logical thinking.

The Metro Schools Encore Program offers an instructional experience designed specifically for intellectually gifted and academically talented learners. The curriculum is hands-on, interactive and problem-based with a focus on developing students' critical and creative thinking abilities. Instruction is interdisciplinary and aligned with Tennessee content standards, Encore classes meet weekly in your child's school.

Encore Brochure (Spanish

Pre-K Encore Flyer (Spanish version coming soon!)


2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Young Scholars of Nashville, or YSN, is the name of the talent development program for MNPS students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The goal of YSN is to identify and nurture advanced academic potential in elementary and middle school students. Availability of YSN classes depends on the school site.

YSN classes are taught during the school day by the school’s Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART).The YSN program focuses on nurturing critical and creative thinking abilities embedded within content areas. Students gain eligibility for YSN classes based on demonstrated advanced thinking potential. 

If you have any questions about the Young Scholars of Nashville (YSN) program, please connect with the Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART) at your child's school.

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程A similar talent development program to nurture advanced academic potential is available at the four Early Learning Centers: Cambridge Early Learning Center, Casa Azafrán Early Learning Center, Davis Early Learning Center, and Ross Early Learning Center. Early Learning Center students are identified for talent development based on advanced thinking potential. 

Other Resources For Parents

2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程It is important that our parents have access to the resources they need in order to gain a better understanding of what our Encore program includes. If you have any comments, concerns, or opinions about the Encore program, please complete our Parent Feedback Form. Submissions through this form are monitored regularly by our staff, and taken very seriously. Additional resources and information for parents can be found through our Encore Resources Page. If you have any other concerns, or inquiries, we encourage you to speak with your child’s teacher! You can also connect with us on and .