Gifted students may be the true owners of a social handicap more so than kids who get good grades.
It is a scientific fact that people who are highly intellectual have many times a hard time adjusting to their less intellectual peers, and have more problems making strong bonds and human connections because of their tendency to over-analyze, or because a high number of gifted individuals tend to become rebellious, all as a result of an overactive analytical mind that cannot be matched to another.
Contrarily, students who get good grades often do it because they do not question authority, are able...
to follow rules, often make connections without asking and employ those skills to test better, or complete work quicker. They maybe are more liked by teachers and peers because they do not represent a detour in everyday thinking habits. That is certainly not the case many times with gifted students who, at times out of their own will, prefer to flunk, not do work, and argue rules.
Gifted children are indeed very challenging. That is what makes their social handicap a possibility.