Stokes County Schools seeks to provide a continuum of services based on individual student interest or specific subject interests, abilities, and needs. No one single criterion of giftedness is used to identify students. Instead, multiple factors are taken into account to determine the service provided to gifted students. Observation of student, student performance, achievement, aptitude, interest, and motivation to learn are all indicators to be considered when deciding the service needs for students.
As a means for providing services and organizing the program, Treffinger's model, which identifies four categories of learners, is used (Maker & Nielson, 1995). The categories are all learners (Stage I), many learners (Stage II), some learners (Stage III), and few learners (Stage IV). Each level of service is addressed in this comprehensive program of services. To determine a student's eligibility for the gifted program, there are specific requirement standards at each stage. The requirements incorporate multiple indicators of giftedness. The stages of eligibility increase as the continuum of service increases. At each stage, parents will be informed of their child's eligibility and services offered. Services for the four stages are further divided into grade spans (primary, elementary, middle, and high school).