Leonardo Gifted School is partner or member of: COBIS - Council of British International Schools, ECHA - European Council for High Ability, WCGTC - World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, AERO - Alternative Education Resource Organization, BPLUSA - Big Picture Learning Design USA, University of Bucharest - Faculty of Phychology and Educational Sciences, University of Connecticut - Neag School of Education, Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Education

12 Signs

Here you find a list of traits that a gifted child shows. For a richer list please click here. If you are a parent of a child who shows some of these traits then you might have a gifted child who would benefit from our school. Click on each item to find out more about that cluster information.

1. Advanced development

2. Early Intellectual Development

3. Persistent curiosity

4. Rapid learning and imagination

5. Sense of humour

6. High level of energy

7. High Sensitivity and High Emotional Intensity

8. Uneven Development

9. Keen skills of observation and individuality

10. Importance of adults and preference for older people

11. Perfectionism

12. Strong sense of morality and justice

  • Easily bored because not much challenge is offered
  • Advanced vocabulary and language usage
  • Starting talking, reading or walking and showing high levels of energy and attention span early in life
  • Sometimes early reading without formal teaching.

  • Excellent memory
  • Accurate recall of events, people, or details
  • They can easily acquire knowledge and make connections between disparate concepts, showing amazing understanding beyond usual.

  • Insatiable appetite for learning.

  • Masters concepts easily and is ready to “move on”
  • Ability to make great mental leaps

  • Sees humour in situations at an early age


  • Amazing amounts of energy with reduced need for sleep because they put it into a purpose.
  • Also, unlike hyperactivity, a gifted child may have a long attention span when they find something of particular interest

  • Passionate about areas of interest
  • Are able to suffer for injustice, to take things literally, to feel overloaded with imrpessions, to have special insights into death, and the life of animals, or nature; they show unusual sense of critique on their side, and they suffer very much when they hear about distasters and when overloaded, may become introverted and withdrawn.
  • Very intuitive
  • Acute awareness of others and their feelings

  • While they can have extraordinary insights into, for example, the scientific nature of things, they are very candid about people’s imperfections, or nature of human character. They face asyncronous development – where there is often a large gap between their mental, social, physical and emotional development

  • Likes to watch and understand before participating
  • They learn in their own peculiar ways, using their unconventional methods, developed through inner insight or personal observations
  • Show special excitabilities – they need special conditions when reading, taking a bath, or they want a special routine which is personal and if shown a strict attitude, this can lead to great frustrations and even breakdown
  • They know when they are right, and they are very keen on observing the rules, promises, general codes of conduct and also, applying them literally

  • Chooses to be with older kids or adults

  • Likes to do things correctly the first time
  • Has a tendency to have high self-expectations

  • Strives for fairness
  • Compassionate