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Program Design

Most of the District's identified gifted students participate in programs at the neighborhood local school. There are several options available that are designed to provide a differentiated curriculum so that students attain optimal levels of learning. Curriculum experiences for gifted learners are planned, implemented, and evaluated in order to maximize student potential. Goals and objectives are determined at the local school by administrators, teachers, parents, and students by means of needs assessments. Teachers of gifted/talented students "differentiate" the core curriculum through various means, including flexible groupings, acceleration of content, independent study, tiered assignments, interest centers, learning centers, compacting in student's area of strength, mentorships, adjusting questions, honors, advanced placement courses, and use of above-grade-level resources. A local school program must comply with a more rigorous standard providing differentiation as an integral part of the regular school day.

Learning Environments

These program designs are based on the number of students, personnel involved, availability of local resources, and program funds.  The school programs may include one or a combination of the following:

Special Day: Homogeneous class(es) for a minimum school day.  Classes for students who have like abilities and interests.
Part-Time Grouping:   Classes conducted outside the regular classroom for a part of the school day or on Saturday.
Enrichment: Supplemental educational activities conducted within the regular classroom but provided by someone other than the regular classroom teacher.
Cluster: Grouping students within the regular classroom for instruction by the regular classroom teacher.
Independent Study: Special tutors or mentors or enrollment in correspondence course.
Acceleration: Placement in advanced grades or classes.
Postsecondary: Advanced Placement classes or part-time enrollment in university.




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Gifted/Talented Programs creates high end learning opportunities which allow students to flourish in stimulating academic and social environments. In designing challenging educational opportunities, we strive to raise the floor, remove the walls and eliminate the ceiling on learning.

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