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:
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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 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 (Academically Intellectually Gifted) 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 AIG 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 October 26, 2019-January 31, 2020 and the application will be available online at www.wcpss.net.
You will receive notification on February 19th, 2020 as to whether you were accepted.
Rising Kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year, are encouraged to register at their base school. 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 October 26, 2019-January 31, 2020 .
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 (dates TBD) 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 do not require sign up ahead of time and typically take sixty minutes.
10:05 am tours: October 10, October 23, November 5, November 21, December 3, December 18, January 7, January 9, February 20, February 27, March 18
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