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Challenge Program
220 Locust Street
Washington, MO 63090
Phone: (636) 239-5162
Fax: (636) 390-4195


District Challenge Program

The School District of Washington, in conjunction with the State of Missouri, recognizes the unique needs of the gifted learner. In accordance with HB 474, Section 162.675, RSMo gifted students are defined as “those children who exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a standard grade level curriculum.”

It is the philosophy of our district that all students learn and develop their full potential. Students considered gifted are no exception and should be educated according to their individual needs to prevent compromise to their learning experience. In order to meet these needs, long-term educational services are necessary and it is the aim of the gifted program to foster growth in creative problem solving, leadership and scholastic skills, as well as to aid students in developing a positive self-image, so that students become capable members of society and life-long learners. Curriculum for the gifted program is specifically designed to provide experiential learning that requires critical thinking, problem-solving, independent and team skills, communication and persistence.

Please click here to download the Challenge Program guide. The purpose of this guide is to assist parents, guardians, patrons and district personnel with understanding our Challenge Program. This program is designed to be intervention-based in order to expand the student’s knowledge above and beyond the general curriculum.