Delivery of Services
The following services are
available for students identified as gifted:
• 9th Grade: Direct services in the 9th grade are delivered in conjunction
with the Pre-AP English 9 class. Students participate in an
interdisciplinary study of topics through Socratic seminars and enrichment
projects outside of their normal English class assignments. There is no
grade given for gifted participation, but a yearly progress report is completed
by both the teacher and student. The seminars and projects are done
during English classes, led by a gifted teacher, in order to minimize
disruptions to all classes. The 9th grade teachers are Mrs. Henry, Mrs.
Kelly, Mrs. Provenzano, and Mrs. Edwards.
• 10th Grade: Direct services in the 10th grade are delivered in
conjunction with the Pre-AP Chemistry, and Pre-AP English 10 classes.
Students participate in an interdisciplinary study of topics through Socratic
seminars and enrichment projects outside of their normal Science/English class
assignments. There is no grade given for gifted participation, but a
yearly progress report is completed by both the teacher and student. The
seminars and projects are done during these classes, led by a gifted teacher,
in order to minimize disruptions to all classes. The 10th grade teachers
are Ms. Utter, Mrs. Henry, Mrs. Kelly and Ms. Starkey.
• 11th and 12th Grade Pull-out Seminar Services: Eight hours of direct
resource services are offered per year through quarterly pull-out seminars.
Students meet in small groups to discuss topics and refine conceptual,
reflective, and collaborative thinking skills. Students are pulled from class
to receive resource services. If a student finds the seminar pull-out is too
disruptive to his/her academic performance, resource teachers will work with
the parent and student to find the best option. The 11th and 12th grades
teachers are Mrs. Edwards and Ms. Starkey.
• GEMS: During senior year, students have the option to take GEMS, a
one-credit course open to gifted students. Seniors who do not take GEMS are
offered quarterly seminars. The GEMS teachers are Mrs. Edwards and Ms. Starkey.
The curriculum currently covers the following:
- 9th Grade: The overarching questions are: How do you define your identity/self?
How does the world define your identity/self? Students consider what defines identify and how
societal structures affect our perceptions of who we are.
- 10th Grade: The overarching question is: How do paradigms shape of views of the world? Students consider paradigms
in various disciplines and discuss topics in order to
evaluate the accomplishments and limitations of knowledge.
- 11th Grade: The overarching question is: how do political and social structures shape identity? Students
discuss defining characteristics of the United States and its citizens.
They deal with topics like loyalty, wealth, and rights in order to refine
abstract thinking skills. They consider how their personal experiences
have shaped who they are.
- 12th Grade: The overarching question is: how do philosophic concepts shape reality and identity?
Students discuss topics in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and
aesthetics. Students will also consider the roles of materialism and
idealism as major themes in philosophy.
Documentation of Services
Each year, parents will receive an evaluation of
their child's progress in the gifted program. The evaluation consists of a
rubric on which the teacher and student rate the
student's critical, conceptual, reflective, and collaborative thinking
skills. The evaluation also consists of a narrative portion completed by the
Each year, students complete a Differentiated Service Plan. In high school,
students receive differentiation in the classroom by taking advanced courses.
Thus it is vital that students discuss their career an academic goals and
develop a plan for courses and activities to meet those goals. High
school students must learn to take responsibility for their own learning and
achievement in order to be prepared for their future.
Students are expected to check in with their classroom teachers prior to coming
to seminar for attendance purposes and to turn in and pick up work. Students
are expected to make up any missed work while they are at seminars.