Continuum of Services
According to the National Association for Gifted Children:
Because every child is different, NAGC recognizes that there is no “one perfect program” for teaching gifted students. Instead, the NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards state that “a continuum of services must exist for gifted learners” at every level.
What exactly does this mean? Essentially, a “continuum of services” provides administrators, teachers, parents, and students with a menu of educational options that are respectful of individual student differences and mindful of classroom and community resources. This range of services can be organized in a variety of ways:
- Accommodations in the regular classroom
- Part-time assignment to both regular and special classes
- Full-time grouping with students of similar abilities
- Acceleration or grade advancement
Students in K-3 are challenged within their classrooms through differentiation and higher level thinking skills and activities. These activities are personalized by classroom teachers who are beginning to identify motivational milestones that gifted children demonstrate. In addition to accommodations in the regular classroom, all students in grades K-3 receive “enrichment” as a push in program. This allows for the G&T teacher to work collaboratively with the homeroom teacher on multi-leveled and tired activities to enrich all students.Multi-leveled activities allow all students in the group tackle the same assignment, but the end product will differ for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clusters.
Students in grades 3, 4 & 5 may be placed in “cluster”groups and may receive “pull-out” enrichment support that includes specialized projects and activities.The "cluster" of students allows them to learn together while avoiding permanent grouping arrangements. The number of identified students in the program varies from year to year and from school to school, based upon established criteria. Students placed in a cluster group are re-evaluated at the end of the school year to determine their placement for the following year.
Students in grades 3 and up may be placed in self-contained classes for instruction with students of similar abilities. Students identified as “G&T” are grouped together all day in a homogeneous setting to maximize their interests and learning development. The instructional processes and products are distinctly differentiated from the manner through which curricula is experienced by students in the general education classroom.
Honors and accelerated courses are offered at the middle school and high school levels. Students entering high school may apply for the Husky Early College Academy. Also, at the high school students have the option to join specialized academies including Performing Arts, STEM, Global Humanities, Business Academy, and a Visual Arts Academy.