Gifted Services for Grades 2-4
For the 2018-2019 school year, gifted services are available at all elementary schools in the subjects of mathematics and reading/language arts. Any student identified as gifted in superior cognitive ability, mathematics, or reading is eligible to receive these services. Gifted services for grade 2 will be implemented beginning with the 2019-2020 school year and will resemble services offered currently for grades 3-4. Gifted services in grades 2-4 will be provided by either a licensed gifted specialist or a teacher who has participated in professional learning for gifted education.
Gifted Services for Grades 5-8
For the 2018-2019 school year, gifted courses are available for students in grade 5. Beginning in 2019-2020, gifted courses will also be available in grade 6. Gifted courses will be offered for language arts and mathematics, and will be available to any student identified as gifted in superior cognitive ability, reading, or mathematics. The District's current long-term plan is to phase in services each year, with the addition of 7th grade gifted courses in the 2020-2021 school year. Currently, students identified as gifted may enroll in enriched courses during grades 6-8 to receive gifted services, as well as Integrated Math 1 during their 8th grade year.
Within the long-term plan for middle-level gifted services, pathways for acceleration are being developed for Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science. Each of these pathways will begin in grade 5, with the goal of the student preparing to enroll in Integrated Math 1, English 9 (English Language Arts 1) and Physical Science during their 8th grade year without skipping any academic content.
Gifted services in grades 5-8 will be provided by either a licensed gifted specialist or a teacher who has participated in professional learning for gifted education.
Gifted Services for Grades 9-12
Upon enrolling in high school, gifted services are elective, meaning students may choose to enroll in courses that offer gifted service, but are not required to do so. Courses offered in grades 9-12 that are eligible for gifted service provision include enriched courses (e.g. Enriched English 9), Advanced Placement courses, and College Credit Plus courses. Any student enrolling in one or more of these courses with a corresponding gifted identification (e.g. superior cognitive ability for any subject area, or reading for English) will receive gifted services.
Gifted services in grades 9-12 will be provided by a teacher who has participated in professional learning for gifted education, or who is credentialed by a college or university as an adjunct professor.
Gifted Services for Creative Thinking Ability
Gifted services for students identified as creative thinkers are available in the same format as all listed above. The criteria to receive gifted service for a student identified as gifted in creative thinking ability is that the student must also demonstrate above-average ability in a subject area (e.g. the student is identified as gifted in creative thinking ability and also scored within the 85th percentile of mathematics may receive gifted services in a math course).
Gifted Services for Visual or Performing Arts
For those students who are identified as gifted in the visual or performing arts (visual art, music, dance, theatre), services are available in all District arts courses, such as visual art, band, choir, orchestra, drama/theatre, or dance courses offered at Encore Academy.