Elementary Gifted and Talented Program
Grades K - 6
The elementary program centers around teaching students tools to enhance their critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving skills. In the elementary program, services are delivered through two different models--itinerant push in and resource pull-out services. Both service models are one day a week programs where students attend class taught by a gifted endorsed teacher.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade: Identified K-2 students attaining a 97th percentile or above in the verbal, quantitative or nonverbal portion of the Cognitive Abilities Test will have an Educational Service Plan (ESP) written for them. The plan will be developed and implemented by the regular classroom teacher with assistance from district personnel. Resources and ongoing district support will also be provided to the classroom teacher as needed.
3rd - 6th Grade: Students who score a 97th percentile or above in one area of the Cognitive Abilities Test will be provided services through the resource pull-out classroom.
Pull-out Class Curriculum
In the resource pull-out program, class instruction focuses on developing problem solving skills. By learning tools to enhance creative and critical thinking, students will be able to tackle increasing more complex, authentic problems or challenges. Students learn about different problem solving approaches including Creative Problem Solving and the engineering design process. Typically, students will participate in a long-term investigation each year that culminates in the application of learned/researched information.
Important Dates 2018-2019
August 13, 14, 17: Elementary Testing
August 20: 1st day of Gifted classes
November 13-16: 6th Grade Testing
March 18-22: 2nd Grade Testing
May 17: Last day of Gifted classes
Jr. High Testing:
Kino - Dec.5, May 8, 2019
Poston - Dec. 11, May 10, 2019
Rhodes - Dec 5
Shepherd - Dec 4, May 7, 2019
Smith - Dec. 11, May 7, 2019
Stapley - Dec 14
Taylor - Nov. 30