Differentiated instruction includes changing the content of the lesson and the product or process components. Students are provided opportunities to be creative, develop leadership and choose how to demonstrate mastery while becoming self-directed and confident in their ability to research and process information and to create and communicate their findings as they produce and present advanced-level products or performances as well as products and performances of professional quality at the high school exit level.
Gifted and Talented students are clustered in classrooms with teachers who have received 30 hours of Gifted and Talented professional development.
The campus GT Specialist meets with Gifted and Talented students weekly to provide activities designed to address the unique learning and social-emotional needs of gifted students. GT Specialists facilitate the growth of students as independent, self-directed learners, with the development of skills, concepts, and positive attitudes within the cognitive, emotional, and social domains.
Credit-by-Exam for Acceleration is another option for gifted students.
Gifted and Talented students in Grades 7-12 will continue to receive services through differentiated instruction in honors classes or Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP courses offered at their campuses. All GT middle school and high school students are encouraged to enroll in honors or AP and Pre-AP courses each year. The AP Program allows students to participate in college level courses and potentially earn college credit while still attending high school. The Pre-AP Program serves as a preparatory program designed to provide students with the necessary skills to be successful in AP courses. In addition to 30 hour of Gifted and Talented professional development, AP teachers attend professional development in their specified content areas.
Credit-by- Exam for Acceleration and Dual Credit, are further options for secondary gifted students to earn credit through accelerated and/or enriched study.
Gifted and advanced learners can consider the Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP) high school diploma. The DAP requires rigorous course work and the completion of four advanced measures. High School students are encouraged to speak with their counselors for more information on the DAP diploma.