Gifted & Talented Program
The purpose of the Gifted and Talented (GT) program is to further challenge excelling and gifted students and develop their individual talents to that they might reach their greatest potential. The program consists of a variety of instructional and enrichment programs to develop higher order thinking skills through non-traditional, engaging activities and challenges. The GT program encourages students to take the lead with minimal assistance or guidance from the teacher, with specific or open-ended objectives in both cooperative and competitive settings.
The criteria for selection into the GT program include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Obtaining a score at or above the 90th Core Composite percentile rank on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the Fall.
- Obtaining a score at or above the 85th Core Composite percentile rank on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the Fall with teacher recommendation(s).
- Obtaining a score at or above the 80th Core Composite percentile rank on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the Fall, a score at or above the 90th Core Composite percentile rank on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in the previous school year’s Spring, and teacher recommendation(s).
Students may also be disqualified from selection for violating the Student Code of Conduct found in the Student Handbook.
Students are taken from their regular class schedule once or twice a week to participate in the program. The program is designed to capture the interest of students while simultaneously challenging them to think critically about various approaches to solving problem in uncommon ways or with open-ended, dynamic challenges. Previous programs have utilized Destination Imagination program challenges, reading comprehension worksheets from Reading Detectives, timed mathematics and logic puzzles from Math Bafflers, competitive strategic card games such as Dominion and its expansions, and cooperative strategic board games such as Pandemic.