NOTE: We will begin the Edge Academy application process for incoming 4th-graders in September. Currently, the plan is for Edge students to meet in-person at Edge Academy on their designated days (4th-graders on Tuesdays, 5th-graders on Wednesdays) with bus transportation provided to and from Lincoln Elementary in the mornings and afternoons. Edge students who are enrolled in distance learning may choose to attend in-person on their Edge day or can participate in online enrichment offered separately on a different day of the week. 

Simpson County Schools is committed to supporting the needs of students who have the potential to perform at exceptionally high levels. These children are identified and provided services based on criteria outlined in 704 KAR 3:285 - Programs for Gifted and Talented. Gifted students require guidance in discovering, challenging, and realizing their full potential. The identification of students’ strengths and abilities and provision of services designed to build upon those strengths are essential.

Gifted and Talented students are a category of exceptional students identified as possessing demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in one or more of the following identified areas:

  1. General Intellectual Ability                                 
  2. Specific Academic Aptitude (English Language Arts, Math, Science and/or Social Studies)
  3. Creativity
  4. Visual and Performing Arts
  5. Leadership

High potential learners in grades K-3 are informally selected for Primary Talent Pool (PTP). High potential learners are students who typically represent the top quartile of the entire student population in terms of degree of demonstrated GT characteristics and behaviors. Students in PTP receive differentiated services that are matched to their needs, interests, and abilities. Participation in PTP does not guarantee a student will be formally identified as Gifted and Talented in grades 4-12.

Gifted and Talented services are designed to differentiate, replace, supplement, and/or modify curricula to facilitate high-level attainment of the learning goals established in 704 KAR 3:285 and to assist students identified as gifted and talented in the development of their individual interests, needs, and abilities. These services shall be delivered through multiple service delivery options, with no single option existing alone at any grade level. The school’s gifted and talented coordinators will assist classroom teachers to plan and provide services for the needs of each identified child, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the entire staff, in partnership with parents and the school system, to meet the needs of gifted students. 

Link to NTI Resources for Gifted and Talented (GT) and Primary Talent Pool (PTP) students

This year marks the 10th year for Young Women LEAD!

YWL has hosted 46 free conferences impacting 31,000 high school girls. Young Women LEAD is on a mission to change the way high school girls nationwide perceive themselves and to challenge them to reach higher levels of personal growth and development.

Registration - click here

Registration for this year’s Young Women LEAD Live! virtual event Thursday, September 24 or Friday, September 25, 8:30 am – 11:00 (Central Standard Time) is FREE and open for any interested high school girl in grades 9-12.

Students select and register for the date they prefer to attend (the conference will be repeated each day).

Students may attend YWL Live! from their classrooms, community centers, libraries, or even their homes. The virtual format allows for flexibility to attend and learn from any location.

Registered students will receive an email with the link to attend the conference.

Registration is limited, first-come, first-served and will close Tuesday, September 14th at midnight EST.


This year’s Young Women LEAD Live! will be hosted virtually in collaboration with our educational partners Northern Kentucky University, Ashland Community and Technical College, and the University of Louisville.