Students identified as Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge through extensive instructional support in core classes. They are taught with their academic peers daily for their reading and math instruction. These students also have the opportunity to participate in AIG elective classes.
Kindergarten, First and Second Grades
The K-2 academically gifted program provides consultative service to facilitate further enhancement and differentiated learning experiences in the regular classroom. Students in K-2 are not usually formally identified, but students may be screened based on their characteristics of giftedness.
The WCPSS gifted program plan includes a unique component for the third grade. The AG resource teacher works in partnership with the third grade teachers to provide a variety of in-class experiences designed to elicit high academic performance. Students who demonstrate potential in these activities will receive extension activities in mathematics and language arts under the guidance of the AG resource teacher.
Fourth and Fifth Grades
Services for identified fourth and fifth grade students include differentiation within the general education setting. Appropriate options, such as curriculum compacting and a variety of extension activities, match individual student needs for differentiation. In addition, students identified with a strong or very strong need for differentiation may receive services in resource classes.
Your child will be assessed on a routine basis and taught according to his/her ability level. Within the classroom students are flexibly grouped by ability for reading and math instruction. This differentiated instruction allows your child to master concepts and continually be challenged whatever his/her level of development. Although the state does not formally identify gifted students until 4th grade, we use assessment data and professional knowledge to accelerate students and provide enrichment classes with highly trained and/or certified AIG teachers as early as kindergarten.