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Challenge (Gifted Education) Program
Contact phone: 268-7282

Raytown Quality Schools' state-assisted Challenge program is designed to meet the needs of academically gifted children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Elementary Program (K-5)

The elementary program consists of three components:

  • Weekly pullout component in which the children travel to the Challenge Center one day a week to work with other gifted children and the Challenge teachers.
  • Reach-out component in which Challenge teachers travel to work with gifted students and classroom teachers in regular schools.
  • Resource component in which the Challenge teachers provide support, training, and materials to classroom teachers.

Elementary Challenge coordinators/teachers are Cindy Hodson, Jo Marie Jones, and Christine Davenport. 

Middle School Program (6-8)

Students enrolled in the middle school program:

  • attend a regular Challenge class in their school to work with other gifted children.
  • Challenge teachers work with students one class period daily.
  • These students receive a letter grade for their work in Challenge class.

Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but children have the equal right to develop their talent, their ability, and their motivation. - John F. Kennedy