On the first day of school, perhaps the only person more discussed than the "new kid" is the "new kid who skipped a grade."
Words like "gifted," "brilliant" and "genius" get thrown around to describe these students. Education researchers generally refer to them as "accelerated." It's a catch-all term to describe students who have either entered kindergarten early, grade-skipped or taken single subjects above grade level.
Part of the hype comes from how uncommon it is.
Researchers estimate no more than 2 percent of students fall into these categories.