Gifted and Talented Service Design and Curriculum
The Gifted and Talented Program focuses on the acceleration of subject content within each of the core academic areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. Students who exhibit advanced intellectual development in one or more of the core subject areas (i.e., language arts, sciences, mathematics, social science) are identified and participate in the Gifted and Talented Program.
Kindergarten GT qualified students are grouped once a week from 60-90 minutes for services beginning on March 1.
In grades 1 and 2, students receive the core curriculum using gifted strategies. The GT math curriculum specifically accelerates and differentiates to build early understandings of patterns and number sense necessary for success in advanced mathematics.
In grades 3 through 5, students receive accelerated and compacted curriculum in mathematics and English language arts and reading, resulting in mastery of all the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade standards by the end of fifth grade. Science and social studies core curricula are covered using gifted strategies.
In middle school, students participate in GT courses in their area of strength in math, science, and/or ELA Humanities.
● In ELA Humanities, students participate in a humanities-based course to learn accelerated standards which prepares them to take English I (normally a 9th grade course) in the 8th grade.
● Social studies are taken in a Pre-AP classroom for gifted students. However, with the inclusion of the humanities in ELA Humanities, students are prepared for AP Human Geography when they attend high school in the ninth grade and AP World History in tenth grade.
● In mathematics, students are two-years accelerated and prepare to take both Algebra and Geometry high school credit courses by the end of 8th grade.
● In science, students learn 6th, 7th, and 8th grade standards in two years, which prepares them to take the Biology high school credit course in the 8th grade.
In high school, students continue to take GT courses in the 9th and 10th grade in their areas of strength. Then students take the remaining courses in the AP Program.
● In English, students take GT English II, AP Language, and AP Literature one year earlier than their same age peers. The English V Genre courses provides a final course in English during senior year.
● Math and science GT courses in high school follow the sequence with GT Algebra 2 and GT Pre-Calculus
● In social studies, students start with AP Human Geography and take AP Social Studies courses in the sequence.