Gifted Services for Students in Grades 4-6

  • Core Academic Gifted Classes - IGNITE and Dual IGNITE

    The District will provide Grades 4-6 Core Academic Gifted Classes to students who demonstrate exceptional intellectual ability and high-level performance across core academic subjects: language arts; math; science; and social studies. Students will be integrated with nongifted grade-level students for all other classes, homeroom, lunch and extracurricular activities. 

    The gifted program will combine the current grades 4-6 core gifted programs-formerly  known as SWAS and SET SWAS - with appropriate language supports for ELL and former ELL students. 

    The classes will be located geographically accessible across the District. 

    Implementation:

    The Core Academic Gifted Classes program will be phased in beginning in 2014-2015. 

    2014-2015
    All eligible students entering fourth grade will be in the new program. SWAS and SET SWAS will continue for fifth and sixth grade students (students who are fourth and fifth graders in 2013-2014).

    2015-2016
    The Grades 4-6 Core Academic Classes will begin in the fifth grade and continue in the fourth grade. The sixth grade SWAS and SET SWAS classes (students who are currently fourth graders in 2013-2014) will continue for the 2015-2016 school year only. 

    2016-2017
    There will be full implementation of the Grades 4-6 Core Academic Gifted Classes.

    Two-Way Dual Language Program 4-6 Core Academic Gifted Classes
    The District will provide Two-Way Dual Language 4-6 Core Academic Gifted Classes for students enrolled in the District's Dual Language Program who are identified as gifted.
    The Two-Way Dual Language 4-6 Core Academic Gifted Classes curriculum will embrace the dual language pedagogy and philosophy to support optimal student educational experiences.  These students will have a rich and robust bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural learning environment. 

    Implementation:
    The District will begin implementing the program in 2014-2015. 

    Gifted Identification Processes
    The initial pool for screening students for the grades 4-6 gifted classes will consist of all third grade students. The District will use a variety of sources to identify students for the gifted classes offered in Grades 4-6. These sources will include an ability assessment, achievement assessments, teacher rating scales, and information about students from the Talent Development Program.  Testing will begin in the Spring of second grade and conclude in the Fall of third grade. 

    The District’s Gifted Identification Committee will review all of the information gathered in order to select students for the elementary gifted programs. A Gifted Appeals Committee will be appointed by the Superintendent to review and reevaluate students whose parents request an appeal. 

    A Gifted Appeals Committee will be appointed by the Superintendent to review and reevaluate students whose parents request an appeal.  Decisions of the Appeals committee are final. 

    Identified students begin the program in fourth grade.