Service Options

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A variety of educational service options across the academic spectrum are appropriate for gifted children and may be employed individually or in concert with each other.  Whether geared towards elementary, middle, or high school students, a school district could employ many of the following options:

Curriculum Compacting
Standard curriculum is compressed into a shorter period of time, allowing the gifted student to study related material while classmates master standard content.

Cluster Grouping
Including a group of 4-6 identified gifted students together in a classroom with other students of mixed abilities.

Tiered Assignments
Adjusting instruction of the same lesson or concept to accommodate high, middle, and low readiness levels.

Subject and/or Grade Acceleration
Progressing through an educational program at faster rates or younger ages than is conventional.

Self-Contained Classroom
A classroom in which all students have been identified as gifted/high ability. This is their everyday classroom assignment.

Pull-Out Program
Students are pulled out of the regular classroom on a scheduled basis to go to a resource room staffed by a teacher trained in gifted education.

Resource Room/Area
A special classroom or area is set up for advanced learning or enrichment opportunities.

Enrichment
Curriculum is modified to provide greater depth and breadth than generally provided.

Field Experiences
Out-of-school educational experiences and programs such as trips, workshops, or extracurricular activities. Examples: Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solving, Mock Trial.

Independent Study
Students work independently under guidelines or a contract.  Mentorships, apprenticeships, and field experiences are designed to meet students’ performance levels and career interests.

Honors Classes
Regular curriculum covered at a faster pace with greater depth, abstraction, or complexity.

Advanced Placement
A type of acceleration in which students are taught college-level classes in high school and take an AP exam administered by the College Board.

Dual Enrollment
Students can take college courses while still enrolled in high school, earning both high school and college credit.

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