Programs for Academically Gifted Students
The school district’s K-8 programs for the academically gifted and talented encourage and develop individual potential through both a planned curriculum of enrichment and individual classroom enrichment. A differentiated program for high ability students is provided to develop skills in research, communication, creative thinking, and problem solving. The activities are designed to encourage the desire to improve specific abilities and to discover and develop individual talents. Our K-2 program is developmentally focused; each child’s needs are met and each child’s academic and social skills are accommodated in the classroom, and through the In-Class Enrichment program.
In-Class Enrichment: Grades K-3
In –class enrichment focuses on enhancing the classroom curriculum in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, social studies and/or science, by teaching students higher order thinking skills and through hands-on learning. The course, taught by the enrichment teacher, is offered as a trimester program enriching learning throughout the classroom.
Enrichment Clusters: Grades 3-5
Students identified by the district as intellectually gifted, require educational programs that work to explore and attain their potential. Students are identified for this program by using multiple criteria, including standardized testing, completion of Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students (SAGES-2), and teacher recommendation through a standardized checklist- the Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale (GATES).
Students in the Enrichment Clusters program meet for a class period, twice a week, for one year. Students work on a variety of Interdisciplinary activities and projects enriching classroom experiences in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Students are held accountable based on teacher observation, acquisition of skills and strategies and creation of a Type II or Type III project (based on the Renzulli Enrichment Triad Model) in a specific area of interest.
Advanced Mathematics/English Language Arts: Grade 6-8
These programs are for students who excel in English language arts and/or mathematics. Students are identified for this program using multiple criteria. This includes, but is not limited to, test scores, grades, conduct, learning characteristics, placement testing, and teacher recommendation.
Advanced English Language Arts classes are designed to provide enrichment opportunities beyond the curriculum, incorporating higher level thinking skills.
Advanced Mathematic classes are accelerated with a course progression of:
· Grade 6: (All of the 6th grade mathematics curriculum and part of 7th grade curriculum)
· Grade 7: (Second part of the 7th grade curriculum and all of the 8th grade mathematics curriculum)
· Grade 8: Algebra I