Gifted and Talented

Kentwood Public Schools contains a comprehensive gifted and talented program. P.E.A.K.S., or Parents , Educators And Kids = Success, is a full-time, self-contained program students apply for entry into.  Gifted and talented in Kentwood services third through eighth grade students and is housed at Discovery Elementary and Crestwood Middle School.

Definitions of gifted are numerous and can vary significantly.  Typically, gifted children are identified by their aptitude for learning as demonstrated by certain criterion.  KPS defines giftedness as higher natural ability to learn, perhaps within the top 6-8% of grade level, across one or more academic disciplines.  Giftedness manifests itself in a variety of ways.  High levels of ability can appear across all subjects or in just one.  Gifted students can be highly emotional, perfectionist, creative, or sensitive.  In general, gifted students possess an eccentricity demonstrated by an intense desire for learning.  Other definitions of giftedness are as follows:

National Association of Gifted Children

"Gifted individuals are those who demostrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains.  Domains included any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports)."

State of Michigan

"The 'gifted and/or academically talented' means elementary and/or secondary school students who may be considered to be (1) intellectually gifted, (2)  outstanding in school achievement, and/or (3) those who have outstanding abilities in particular areas of human endeavor, including the arts and humanities."

U.S Department of Education

"Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment.  These children or youth exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields."


Fathers, Bring-Your-Child-To-School Day

Fathers, Bring-Your-Child-To-School Day”

October 24, 2014

 Dads (or other significant male role model) bring their elementary-aged

children to school.  The school arranges and provides breakfast for the Dads and children.  An assigned, professional athlete gives a short, uplifting message to the Dads.  Dads visit their children’s classrooms if possible.


Morning Timeline:

8:15                      Dads and children begin to arrive at school


 8:15-8:40            Breakfast is served


8:40                      Official welcome and instructions given by principal

8:45                       Children report to playground

8:50-9:05            Uplifting message

9:05-9:15              Dads are encouraged to visit classrooms

 Professional Athletes and Building Assignments

Bowen                            Corey Alston - New York Jets WR

                              Buster Mathis- Professional Boxer


Brookwood                    Reggie Jordan- Los Angeles Lakers G

                                       Vincent Jennings- Professional Boxer


Challenger         Mateen Cleaves- Detroit Pistons G

                            Grand Rapids Drive- Detroit Pistons D-League



Discovery            Aaron Bailey - Indianapolis Colts WR

                              Anthony Kimbrell- CFL QB- Western Michigan



Endeavor              Reuben Riley - Carolina Panthers OT



Explorer                Carlton Brewster - Cleveland Browns WR



Glenwood          Kevin Clemens - Jacksonville Jaguars RB

                            Jordan Shimell- Professional Boxing Champion



Meadowlawn         Colin Christopher- University of Indiana LB

                                  Terrance Shaw- Grand Rapids Fusion F



Southwood              Brian Dickey- University of Michigan QB

                                   Pete Trammell- Lansing Capitals G/F


 Townline                 Thomas Kelley - Michigan State Spartans G