Elementary resource gifted services provide enrichment activities that support the general education curriculum. Each elementary school has a full-time gifted teacher/enrichment coach. Each week, they meet with the students in small group sessions for enrichment activities that extend beyond the curriculum. They also work closely with the classroom teachers to provide additional enrichment to further challenge students.
Elementary Gifted Criteria
Elementary gifted services begin in third grade and continue through sixth grade. To qualify for elementary gifted services, students in second through fifth grade are first screened through the MAP test administered in fall. Students must show a history of achieving a score of 95% or above on both the reading and math portions of the test over time. Letters are sent in December to parents who have children eligible for further testing. For these eligible students, an online cognitive skills test is administered in January. Parents are notified of the results by early March. For qualified students, gifted services begin the following school year.
Elementary Acceleration Support
Students in kindergarten through second grade who are achieving high scores on the MAP test and performing at high levels academically in the classroom will have scheduled enrichment/acceleration opportunities throughout the week in literacy and math. High performing students in third grade through sixth grade may be flexed in and out of gifted instructional activities throughout the year depending on scheduling as well as the number of students identified for this additional acceleration. These opportunities may occur during the grade-level enrichment block, as a push-in to the classroom during literacy or math, or in a small group.
Elementary Magnet Criteria
To qualify for the elementary magnet program, students in second through fifth grade must show a history of achieving a score of 98% or above on both the reading and math portions of the test over time. Students must also score at or above the 98th percentile on both the verbal and nonverbal portions of the online cognitive skills test.
Students meeting these criteria will take a standardized intelligence test given individually by the school psychologist. Students must score in the top 2% nationally on all components to be eligible for this program. Student scores and eligibility are generally provided to parents by the end of April.
Students who are tested for the magnet program and do not meet the criteria will receive gifted services through the building-based program. Students who test for the magnet program and are not eligible based on their standardized intelligence test scores will not be tested the following year, but may qualify for testing every other year. For example, if a second-grade student tested for the magnet program and was found not eligible the next opportunity the student can test is in fourth grade.
Students who meet the magnet program criteria are invited to participate in the magnet program at Campanelli Elementary School.