Parent Referrals to STRETCH

STRETCH is Mehlville School District’s state assisted program for students identified as gifted.  Parent referrals are accepted the month of January every year. The STRETCH program provides educational interventions for students whose mental capacity and learning potential are so advanced that they need services beyond the level of those ordinarily provided.   

The below is provided to assist you in determining if your child would be an appropriate candidate for the STRETCH program.


  • Knows the answers
  • Is interested
  • Is attentive
  • Has good ideas
  • Works hard
  • Answers the questions
  • Top group
  • Listens with interest
  • Learns with ease
  • 6-8 repetitions for mastery
  • Understands ideas
  • Enjoys peers
  • Grasps the meaning
  • Completes assignments
  • Is receptive
  • Copies accurately
  • Enjoys school
  • Absorbs information
  • Technician
  • Good memorizer
  • Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation
  • Is alert
  • Is pleased with own learning


  • Asks the questions
  • Is highly curious
  • Is mentally and physically involved
  • Hs wild, willy ideas
  • Plays around, yet tests well
  • Discusses in detail, elaborates
  • Beyond the group
  • Shows strong feelings an opinions
  • Already knows
  • 1-2 repetitions for mastery
  • Constructs abstractins
  • Initiates projects
  • Is intense
  • Creates a new design
  • Enjoys learning
  • Manipulates information
  • Inventory
  • Good guesser
  • Thrives on complexity
  • Is keenly observant
  • Is highly self-critical

By: Janice Szabos

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