Students in first through fifth grade, who qualify for Gifted Education, participate in a full-time gifted program, and are grouped in self-contained homerooms. The Gifted Education Program offers a differentiated curriculum based on content, concepts, processes, and applications through products and projects. In-depth consideration of topics and concepts beyond requirements is academically accelerated. Interdisciplinary units, literary and informational texts, genres, speaking, and writing opportunities strive to promote experiences to extend learning, increase student achievement through the acquisition of enhanced thinking and problem-solving skills, promote acceleration and enrichment of gifted students using investigative and shared inquiry skills, and promote the individual pursuit of special interests and development of academic talents.
How Is A Student Referred?
Students are mostly referred by teachers, however, parents can request to have their child evaluated for gifted. A gifted characteristics rating scale, standardized test scores and/or current grades are considered when referring a student.
What if the student has been privately evaluated?
All private evaluations are submitted to the School Counselor. The parent will receive a written notice, “Receipt of Private Psychological Evaluation” which outlines the procedures for evaluation/placement in a Gifted Program. The School Counselor will obtain the teacher rating scale, standardized test scores and/or current grades, accordingly. A District psychologist will review the private evaluation.
What happens when your child has been referred?
The School Counselor will notify you to schedule a meeting to sign consent for an evaluation. If the student was evaluated privately, consent needs to be executed in order for it to be reviewed by our school psychologist. The file is sent to the Central Regional Center office. The CRC Office assigns the case to a psychologist. A District psychologist evaluates students and reviews private evaluations in the order they are received.
How are students evaluated for Gifted?
Students are administered a psycho-educational evaluation in order to determine their intellectual abilities and qualifications for the Gifted Program.
How are parents notified of the evaluation results?
If the student obtained the required score, parents will be notified by the School, for a placement meeting (Staffing). If the student does not obtain the necessary score, a letter will be sent to the parents with a copy of the report included.
How often are placement meetings (Staffing) held?
Currently, placement meetings are taking place once every other week. Each meeting takes approximately an hour; therefore, 2-4 students may be placed every other week.
Referrals, evaluations and staffing are not conducted during the summer months.