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White Bear Lake Area Schools
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-7500

Elementary Gifted Programming
The goal of White Bear Lake Schools' Gifted Programming is to provide our young gifted learners with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to reach their full potential.  Classroom teachers and gifted resource teachers work together to ensure that our gifted and high achieving students are challenged at their appropriate level and are given opportunities to expand upon their individual strengths.  Services are provided through a Levels of Service approach in which services are provided based on student readiness and need.

The pyramid below outlines the Levels of Service offered in our Elementary Gifted and Talented Program.


Click on the Levels of Service tab for more information on our Gifted and Talented Programming Levels of Service.


Resource Teachers
Three resource teachers provide direct service to high-achieving and gifted students through REACH and Primary Challenge classes offered at each of the elementary schools. The resource teacher is also available to assist teachers with ideas and strategies to better meet the needs of gifted students in the classroom. The resource teachers providing service for  high-achieving and gifted elementary students in the district are:

Kelly Barkve     651-407-7500 x 2060      Hugo, Lincoln, Oneka
Diane Nikkel     651-407-7500 x 2061      Birch Lake, Matoska International, Otter Lake
Kate Whelan     651-407-7500 x 2062      Lakeaires, Vadnais Heights, Willow Lane

New to the District?
If you are new to our district, and think your child might qualify for REACH or Primary Challenge, please contact your classroom teacher or the gifted education resource teacher at your building.