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Gifted Services: Criteria & Placement by Grade Level for 2021-22 (updated 6/14/21)

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Gifted Criteria and Class Placement with Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS)

Kindergarten: Teachers at the early childhood buildings rely on a variety of resources to enrich and challenge students that are beginning to show signs of advancement.  Teachers communicate regularly with parents about the various enrichment opportunities occurring in the classroom.  Teachers also utilize a classroom structure called “workshop” to allow students to work at different levels within the same classroom. 

First and Second Grade: First and second grade students who are identified as gifted in either reading or math will be placed in a cluster group within a classroom.  That means that groups of 5-10 identified students are placed in the same classroom to promote several benefits including students are able to work with peers of the similar ability level and teachers are able to differentiate for this group within the regular classroom setting. 

Third Grade:  Math Plus is a math block that includes grade level math standards and personalized enrichment taught by a classroom teacher receiving specific professional learning around gifted students. The Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) supports the Math Plus teachers with a model curriculum and by pushing into the class to work with small groups of students.  This course provides students exposure to the 3rd grade math curriculum and focuses on extending the breadth and depth of the standards.  Students will apply mathematical concepts to authentic situations and enhance critical and creative thinking through project-based learning.  Students may also receive on-going enrichment in the standards for gifted students outlined by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in the areas of critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and research.  Third grade students are placed in Math Plus if they have been identified as gifted in math or have a superior cognitive identification. Students will not be moved into the course after the start of the school year. 

Third grade students are also grouped in English Language Arts, called ELA Plus.  Cluster groups are groups of gifted identified students in reading or have a superior cognitive identification. Students will be clustered together to provide them opportunity to work with like-ability peers to discuss, read and apply literary concepts in ELA.  

Fourth Grade:  Math Plus is a math block that includes grade level math standards and personalized enrichment taught by a classroom teacher receiving specific professional learning around gifted students. The Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) supports the Math Plus teachers with a model curriculum and by pushing into the class to work with small groups of students.  This course provides students exposure to the 4th grade math curriculum and focuses on extending the breadth and depth of the standards.  Students will apply mathematical concepts to authentic situations and enhance critical and creative thinking through project-based learning.  Students may also receive on-going enrichment in the standards for gifted students outlined by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in the areas of critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and research.  Fourth grade students are placed in Math Plus if they have been identified as gifted in math or have a superior cognitive identification. Students will not be moved into the course after the start of the school year. 

Fourth grade students are also grouped in English Language Arts, called ELA Plus.  Cluster groups are groups of gifted identified students in reading or have a superior cognitive identification. Students will be clustered together to provide them opportunity to work with like-ability peers to discuss, read and apply literary concepts in ELA.  

Fifth Grade: Math Plus is a math block that includes grade level math standards and personalized enrichment taught by a classroom teacher receiving specific professional learning around gifted students. The Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) supports the Math Plus teachers with a model curriculum and by pushing into the class to work with small groups of students.  This course provides students exposure to the 5th  grade math curriculum and focuses on extending the breadth and depth of the standards.  Students will apply mathematical concepts to authentic situations and enhance critical and creative thinking through project-based learning.  Students may also receive on-going enrichment in the standards for gifted students outlined by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in the areas of critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and research.  Fifth grade students are placed in Math Plus if they have been identified as gifted in math or have a superior cognitive identification. Students will not be moved into the course after the start of the school year. 

Fifth grade students are also grouped in English Language Arts, called ELA Plus.  Cluster groups are groups of gifted identified students in reading or have a superior cognitive identification. Students will be clustered together to provide them opportunity to work with like-ability peers to discuss, read and apply literary concepts in ELA.  

Sixth Grade:  Sixth grade has advanced class offerings in math, language arts, science, and social studies.  Placement is not determined through the Gifted Department.  Gifted identification does not guarantee placement in these classes. Sixth grade advanced classes are available to students who have a history of strong achievement.  Entrance into these classes is based on multiple data points including MAP, Terra Nova, cognitive ability, and grades.  The data points have weights, and there is a threshold established each year.  Please seek information from the building principal about these classes. Since many recent data points go into the matrices, additional gifted testing is not available to use in the matrix data. 

Seventh Grade and beyond:  Many advanced, honors, CCP (College Credit Plus) and AP (Advanced Placement) courses are a part of the Lakota course offerings for every 7-12 student.  In some instances, eighth grade students are eligible to take multiple courses for high school credit.  Early graduation is also a form of secondary acceleration.  Please contact the school guidance counselor to find out what programming is available to advanced learners.  Students in junior high who are either identified as cognitively gifted or identified in all four academic areas will be invited to a small group monthly with a Gifted Student Advisor to focus on social emotional development and other soft skills.