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. 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.