Through the Talented and Enrichment Program developmental thinking activities are routinely integrated into the classroom curriculum for all children. Teachers observe and note responses indicative or emerging giftedness and talents. The Talented and Enrichment program teachers provide direct instruction and assist classroom teachers in providing reading, math, and special interest instruction for children who need additional individual challenges. There are also several pull-out sessions for gifted students in the areas of reading, math, and critical thinking skills.
Middle School students have access to a revolving door identification program model which provides a pool of above average ability students with a wide variety of general exploratory and enrichment experiences that focus on process-oriented activities, accelerated content, and curriculum differentiation. Critical and independent thinking are promoted with the use of state and national competitions.
In the fall of 2009, students will begin having opportunities within the TEP spectrum when a concerted focus will be on the utilization of the TEP instructors in providing differentiation for higher ability students in the math classrooms. Elementary TEP instructors will be responsible for bridging the gap between elementary and middle school by teaching the 6th grade students at the middle level. The middle level TEP instructor is responsible for grades 7/8 differentiating in the math classroom and providing additional pull out opportunities for those students in the areas of reading comprehension and future problem-solving.
Gifted and Enrichment options for high school students include access to an accelerated curriculum, honor level courses, Advanced Placement courses, post-secondary classes at the college level and/or individualized programming for highly exceptional students. Students can also option to graduate early from high school.