The Gifted and Talented/Schoolwide Enrichment program provides specialized enrichment experiences to students in kindergarten through eighth grade through the implementation of elements of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model developed by Joseph S. Renzulli and Sally M. Reis.
Schoolwide and grade level enrichment activities are made available to all students, as well as meets the needs of an identified population through a pull-out program and alternatives such as independent study, cluster interest groups, and mentorships.
To be considered for the academically gifted program, students go through an identification process. Parental approval is required before students can be tested, and final selection is based on test results and committee recommendation. Offerings provide differentiated instruction and enriching opportunities for those students identified through multiple criteria. Such students possess demonstrated or potential intellectual and creative abilities to such a degree that they require differentiated programming. This is accomplished through a pull-out program within small interest-based cluster groups.
In the Schoolwide Enrichment Program, program staff members provide in-class skill and process-training support, as well as enrichment opportunities for the general school population. Such opportunities focus upon critical and creative problem solving. There are three components of this program:
There are also programs for youngsters with special talents in art (elementary and middle school) and music(elementary only).
The Parent Advocate Group for Excellence offers educational forums on topics about education for exceptional students. Each school's parent organization is represented on the committee and meetings are open to all interested parents and community members.
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