Services

Gifted Services: Criteria & Placement by Grade Level for 2017-18

For a chart displaying the complete continuum of gifted services available to Lakota students, please click here.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Teachers at the early childhood buildings rely on a variety of print and electronic resources to enrich and challenge students that are beginning to show signs of advancement.  Teachers communicate regularly with parents about the various enrichment opportunities occurring in the classroom.

2nd Grade 

Second grade students are ability grouped for math tutorial & enrichment (T&E) weekly.  This is not a gifted service and a gifted intervention specialist will not teach this flexible group; however, students may have support from a GIS during this time.
Second grade students are also ability grouped for reading T&E for 45 minutes up to 5 times a week.  This is not a gifted service, and GIS do not teach this flexible grouping.  However, data is used to group the students according to their performance.  This ability grouping allows students identified as gifted in reading to spend a portion of the day with similar-ability peers in reading. Placement in this group can change from year to year based on the latest data points.

3rd Grade 

Third grade students meet daily during the math tutorial and enrichment time (T&E).  This time is spent not only enriching math concepts and applying them to authentic situation, but also enhancing critical and creative thinking through project-based learning. Although this grouping is not a formal gifted service, it is taught by a GIS. Students are placed in this setting based on a history of strong data and gifted identification.  Students in this class have a minimum cognitive identification of 115 and have presented at least two 95th percentile scores in math in MAP and Terra Nova or MAP, in 2 of the last 3 administrations through May.  Students with a superior cognitive identification are also placed into this T&E period.  This is not a flexible group and students will not be moved in after the start of the school year. 

Third grade students are also ability-grouped for reading T&E for 45 minutes up to 5 times a week.  This is not a gifted service, and this flexible grouping is not taught by a GIS.  However, data is used to group the students according to their performance.  This ability grouping allows students identified as gifted in reading to spend a portion of the day with similar-ability peers in reading. Placement in this group can change from year to year based on the latest data points.

4th Grade

Math Plus is a 90-minute math block that includes 60 minutes of math instruction and 30 minutes of tutorial and enrichment (T&E) taught by a Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS).  This course provides students exposure to the 4th grade math curriculum and focuses on extending the breadth and depth of the standards.  Students will apply mathematical concepts to authentic situations and enhance critical and creative thinking through project-based learning.  Students may also receive on-going enrichment in the standards for gifted students outlined by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in the areas of critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and research.  Fourth grade students are placed in Math Plus if they have a minimum cognitive score of 115 and have scored in the 95th percentile on 2 of the last 3 math MAP sessions through May or have an identification in superior cognitive ability. Students will not be moved into the course after the start of the school year. 

Fourth grade students are also ability grouped for reading T&E for 45 minutes up to 5 times a week.  This is not a gifted service; and this flexible grouping is not taught by a GIS.  However, data is used to group the students according to their performance.  This ability grouping allows students identified as gifted in reading to spend a portion of the day with similar-ability peers in the content area of reading.  Placement in this group can change from year to year based on the latest data points.

5th Grade 

Math Plus is a 90-minute math block that includes 60 minutes of math instruction and 30 minutes of tutorial and enrichment (T&E) taught by a Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS).  This course provides students exposure to the 5th grade math curriculum and focuses on extending the breadth and depth of the standards.  Students will apply mathematical concepts to authentic situations and enhance critical and creative thinking through project-based learning.  Students may also receive on-going enrichment in the standards for gifted students outlined by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in the areas of critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and research.  

Fifth grade students are placed in Math Plus if they were in Math Plus as a 4th grader, OR have a minimum cognitive score of 115 and have scored in the 95th percentile on 2 of the last three MAP sessions through May or have a superior cognitive identification. Students will not be moved into the course after the start of the school year. Fifth grade students are also ability grouped for reading T&E for 45 minutes up to 5 times a week.  This is not a gifted service; and this flexible grouping is not taught by a GIS. However, data is used to group the reading to spend a portion of the day with similar –ability peers in reading.  Placement in this group can change from year to year based on the latest data points.

6th Grade

Sixth grade has advanced class offerings in math, language arts, science, and social studies.  Placement is not determined through the Gifted Department.  Gifted identification does not guarantee placement in these classes. Sixth grade advanced classes are available to students who have a history of strong achievement.  Entrance into these classes is based on multiple data points including MAP, state testing, cognitive ability, and grades.  The data points have weights, and there is a threshold established each year.  Please seek information from the building principal about these classes. Since many recent data points go into the matrices, additional gifted testing is not available to use in the matrix data. Here is an FAQ document regarding sixth grade advanced course placement - click here for document.

7th Grade and Beyond

Over twenty advanced, honors, and AP courses are a part of the Lakota course offerings for every 9-12 student.  In some instances, eighth grade students are eligible to take multiple courses for high school credit.  Early graduation is also a form of secondary acceleration.  Please contact the school guidance counselor to find out what programming is available to advanced learners.