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High Performance Learning

High Performance Learning:

High Performance Learning is performance by a student which is above and beyond usual classroom/grade level expectations. Keen interest, specialized talent, intellectual ability, strong task commitment and/or high motivation shown by a product, performance, or general awareness is recognized and supported by teachers.


Shelley Shirel Supervisor of High Performance Learning 608-789-7773 sshirel@lacrossesd.org

Archie Barribeau Coordinator of High Performance Learning 608-789-8919 abarribe@lacrossesd.org



HPL Resources:

The following can be checked out from Mrs. Shirel’s office at Spence Elementary.

For Parents: “Parents’ Guide to Raising a Gifted Child” “How to Help Your Gifted Child” “Bringing out the Giftedness in Your Child”

For Students: “Perfectionism:  What’s Bad about Being Too Good” “The Gifted Kids Survival Guide:”

HPL Links

There are many other resources and information available to parents, teachers and other interested in High Performance Learners.  Below are some helpful and informative websites of organizations dedicated to the education of high performing students.  Be sure to check them out and let us know if you find them useful!

Wisconsin Association for the Talented and Gifted

The Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG) is a non-profit organization of parents, students, educators, business and industry personnel, and other interested persons who are dedicated to fostering a climate in the home, school, and community that allows each individual to reach his or her unique potential.  WATG’s mission is to provide assistance in meeting the varied needs of gifted and talented individuals and their advocates.