Cluster Classroom Support
All of our schools provide Gifted Cluster classrooms.
- Identified gifted students are clustered into mixed-ability classrooms.
- Classroom compositions are carefully structured with two main goals: to ensure a balance of ability and achievement throughout the grade level and, secondly, to reduce the learning range found in any classroom.
- The Gifted Cluster Model provides a structure wherein gifted students receive differentiated curriculum and instruction in content areas on a daily basis by teachers who understand the learning needs of gifted students.
- The gifted cluster teacher participates in training that addresses the learning and affective needs of gifted students.
Most of our schools provide intermediate gifted math and ELA yet some expand gifted services to include other grade levels.
- Gifted math includes direct instruction for 60 minutes each day. The math curriculum will be accelerated one year above their actual grade level.
- Gifted ELA uses the adopted text, Springboard, for 90 minutes each day. The curriculum will be enriched to meet the instructional needs of students, in addition to instructional practices that include critical and higher-order thinking questions.
- The gifted teachers plan appropriately challenging instruction for their gifted students. This may involve acceleration, enrichment, and extended learning opportunities targeted to develop each student’s full potential.
- All gifted teachers are highly qualified and have a gifted endorsement on their teaching certificate.