• What does Gifted and Talented mean?


    Underwood Gifted and Talent Magnet Elementary School seeks to explore the gifts and talents of all students in both the arts and academic realms.  These gifts and talents are developed and explored through electives.  Electives are held Monday-Thursday and change quarterly.   This chart explains each grade levels’ offering:

     

    1st quarter

    2nd quarter

    3rd quarter

    4th quarter

    Kindergarten

    1 special

    1 special and

    1 elective

    1 special and

    1 elective

    1 special and

    1 elective

    First Grade

    1 special and

    1 elective

    2 electives

    2 electives

    2 electives

    Second-Fifth grade

    2 electives

    2 electives

    2 electives

    2 electives

     

    To allow for optimal learning, electives classes are small (often having 5-15 students).  These multi-aged classes focus on a finite topic within a subject area.  For example, a student who might be interested in math could choose from electives such as:  Multiplication and Division, Geometry Journeys, Data Bank or Patterning.  Whereas a student who is interested in music can explore options like:  Handbells, Xylophones High or Low, Glee, Band and Orchestra.    Elective are aligned to the Common Core and allow for extensions that will enhance students’ experiences and learning.  To ensure students core instruction is maximized, we also provide our enrichment and remediation opportunities during one of the student’s electives. 

    Any student can apply to a Gifted &Talented themed magnet school.  The Gifted and Talented theme is the focus of four elementary schools:  Underwood, Zebulon, Powell and Washington.  By entering your home address, you can identify which GT option you can apply.  (http://wwwgis2.wcpss.net/addressLookup/)

     

    Do you offer AIG services?

    In the classroom, teachers are responsive to student needs and differentiate instruction so all students can learn effectively.  For students working above grade level expectations, K-3 students can be recommended by their teacher for GT electives.  GT electives are an extension of the Core Curriculum often taught by a certified AIG teacher.  Underwood students can also participate in the Kids Into Thinking Skills ( KITS program) where trained parents work with a small group of students to deliver a lesson that extends the curriculum once a week.  All students in the state of North Carolina are officially tested for Academically Gifted Services in 3rd grade.  Students then identified can enroll for AG electives (math and/or reading) starting in the 4th grade.

     

    What is the difference between Specials and Electives?

    At Underwood, we value the arts and are fortunate to have Art, Music, Drama, Dance and P.E. in our Specials rotation.  In specials, students move to one of the specialists with their whole homeroom and receive the standards for that subject area.  In electives, students choose which classes they are interested and move to their elective class independent from their homeroom peers.  Kindergarten students receive one special each day on a rotating schedule.  This rotation allows for exposure to all of the arts and also provides Kindergarteners time to build a solid foundation for each of these programs.  First grade students have a special each day during first quarter only and then move to a Friday only Special schedule (due to picking up two electives Monday-Thursday).  Students in grades 2-5 receive Specials on Fridays on a rotating schedule. 

     

    How do I apply for a Magnet school?

    Be sure Underwood is your GT Magnet option by using the address look up tool at:  http://wwwgis2.wcpss.net/addressLookup/.  The Online application period for Magnet Schools is January 10-January 31, 2018 and the application will be available online at www.wcpss.net

    You will receive notification on February 19th, 2018 as to whether you were accepted.

    Rising Kindergarten students for the 2018-2019 school year, are encouraged to register at their base school starting January 4th, 2018.  Parents need to bring a valid driver’s license, proof of address and the child’s birth certificate.  Once you register, you will receive a number that will allow you to apply online during the application period for Magnet Schools starting January 10-31st, 2018.

     

    If Underwood is not one of my Magnet School choices, how can I still get into Underwood?

    If Underwood is not listed as your GT Magnet School, you can apply during the Final Transfer Application Period from May 1-15th, 2018 however chances of acceptance are extremely limited at this point in the process.
     
     
    Can I visit Underwood?
     
    We would love to have you visit Underwood!  Please join us at one of our upcoming school tours listed below.  Tours begin at 10:05 and typically take sixty minutes.  We do not require parents to call and make an appointment to visit for a tour. 

     September 20, September 27, October 19, October 25, November 9, November 15, December 6, December 14, January 3, January 30, February 7, February 22, March 7, March 22, April 10, April 26

    Still have questions?  Contact Ashley Cooper (acooper4@wcpss.net) by email or phone:        919-856-7663 x21060