The Intellectually Gifted Program is designed as a rigorous extension of the standards-based curriculum used throughout the District. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to extend their thinking, develop their character, and enhance their leadership abilities.
The activities in the IG program are currently provided to students in grades K-8. Our STEAM-focused IG program engages students with activities designed to promote critical thinking, creativity, and self-expression. Examples of our program include participation in Odyssey of the Mind, computer essentials, and engineering design units through the Museum of Science at Boston, Makerspace and 3D printing, and working with our LocoRobo drone program.
Our hybrid push-in/pull-out program provides the flexibility and support for our gifted students to meet their full potential. IG students receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) based on their needs, strengths, and interests. The IG teachers work with students, school staff, and parents to develop plans that will help students reach their academic, life, and career-oriented goals. In this capacity, IG teachers also serve as
coaches, counselors, mentors, and advocates for their students.
The IG program is provided to students who consistently perform above grade level and demonstrate a need for additional rigorous academic differentiation.
As a result of offering an Intellectually Gifted Resource Room, as well as differentiated curriculum and personalized support, gifted students have the opportunity to achieve district goals at the level commensurate with their talents. They are challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in complex and advanced ways so that they can continue to be academically challenged. When provided with the support that is needed, these students become highly productive citizens who contribute in significant ways to the well
being of the broader community.
- To identify students in grades K-8 who are intellectually gifted using the multiple measures established by the District and approved by the Board of Education.
- To develop the students’ capacities to become self-directed, confident in their abilities to access and process information, and communicate their learning.
- To enhance and refine the abilities of students to think abstractly, creatively, and critically while reflecting on their own growth as learners.
- To provide students with multiple opportunities to participate in targeted learning experiences that are differentiated in depth, complexity and range through the use of a variety of strategies.