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.


Gifted Curriculum
 

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 resource teacher.

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.

 


Seminar Attendance


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.