The term high-ability is used to indicate high potential and/or performance across the full suite of human abilities.
High-ability refers to students whose ability is more advanced than that of similar-aged peers across one or more domains. These domains include:
Intellectual ability: usually manifests in a broad range of academic-focused subjects, speed of learning and complex thinking patterns.
Physical ability: often presents in physical education or dance.
Creative ability: is likely to find expression in the arts.
Advanced social ability: will cut across a variety of subject areas. Often finds expression in leadership.
There is often interplay between the domains: for example, the young person with high-ability in both the physical and creative domains who becomes a highly skilled and expressive dancer.
High-ability students come from a variety of backgrounds. High-ability can co-exist with learning difficulties/disabilities or physical disabilities.
The term high-ability includes students who:
- are performing above their same-aged peers
- have the ability to perform above their same-aged peers
- are accelerated
- are twice exceptional.
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