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Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains (National Association of Gifted Children). Students whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require additional services to meet their educational needs are served at all levels through the Focus on Excellence Program. The gifted resource teaching staff, as well as gifted service programs, are commonly referred to as "Focus." The Focus teacher at each school provides services and resources to students, families, and general education classroom teachers to meet the instructional needs of students receiving gifted education services.
Elementary Gifted Services
Elementary Gifted resource teachers provide services and instruction through a hybrid delivery model with "pull-out" and "push-in" opportunities for students identified as in need of gifted services. This hybrid delivery model facilitates the goal of meeting the academic and affective needs of the identified students in various settings. Identified Elementary gifted students are provided the following:
Resource--Students have a variety of opportunities to work with intellectual peers in a pull-out or enrichment situation, where the curriculum is enhanced and differentiated beyond the typical grade-level classroom experience.
Cluster Grouping--Students are grouped with other identified gifted students in the general education classroom to provide opportunities with like-minded peers.
Classroom Teacher Resource Support--Each school has one gifted resource teacher who works with students, classroom teachers, parents, and administrators to provide opportunities to nurture our gifted students’ abilities. Using a coaching model provides the gifted resource teacher the opportunity to push into classrooms and pull-out students to meet their needs.