Focus Art is a program that has been in the county for the past 35 years. It provides services for students grades 6 - 8 that have been identified as gifted in the Visual Arts. Dr. Stephenie Fellinger is our facilitator for Gifted and Secondary Programs and Focus and Focus Art Services are areas under her supervision I am the only Focus Art resource teacher in the county and that is a record I've been happy to hold since 1995.
- a student referral ( by teachers, parents, peers or the students themselves)
- a portfolio of 5 specific art pieces
- an art teacher assessment
- a parent survey
- a timed art assessment with the Focus Art teacher.
These elements are then rated and evaluated to see if the student should be identified as gifted in the Visual Arts and that their needs would be better met by additional services in the visual arts.
Referrals can be made any time between Sept. 14 and March 1. Information is then gathered for the I.D. meetings and for the rating of portfolios held twice a year - Dec. 3 and April 1
Students are pulled for services from their elective or P.E. periods for a 90 min. class two times per month - October through May.