Characteristics of HiCap Students

All students in Highly Capable programs are unique and may or may not have some of the following characteristics.  For more information, please visit the National Association for Gifted Children website.


  • Voracious and early reader
  • Large vocabulary
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Grasps new concepts quickly with minimal practice


  • Keen sense of humor
  • Independence in attitude and social behavior
  • Creativeness and inventiveness


  • Unusual emotional depth and/or intensity
  • Sensitivity
  • High expectations for self and others
  • Easily wounded, need for emotional support
  • Idealism and sense of justice


  • Intensely focused on passions (resists changing activities when engrossed in own interests)
  • Constantly questions
  • High levels of frustration related to performance expectations (imposed by self or others)

Twice Exceptional or "2e"

What’s not often well-known or well-understood is that students who are gifted may also have a special need or disability— just as students with disabilities may also be gifted. The term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2e”, is used to describe gifted children who have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria. These disabilities may include specific learning disabilities (SpLD), speech and language disorders, emotional/behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, autism spectrum, or other impairments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Read more about Twice Exceptionality