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Gifted Services: Criteria & Placement by Grade Level for 2018-19

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

Gifted Criteria and Class Placement with Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS)

Kindergarten: 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.  Teachers also utilize a classroom structure called “Workshop” to allow students to work at different levels within the same classroom.

First and Second Grade: First and second grade students who are identified as gifted in either reading or math will be placed in a cluster group within a classroom.  That means that groups of 5-10 identified students are placed in the same classroom to promote several benefits including students are able to work with peers of the similar ability level and teachers are able to differentiate for this group within the regular classroom setting.

Third 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 3rd 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.  Third 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.

Third grade students are also cluster grouped in English Language Arts.  Cluster groups are groups of 5-10 high achieving students placed in a classroom together.  Placement is based on multiple student data points that seek out students who are high achievers in reading over time.  Placement in this group can change from year to year based on the latest data points and is not necessarily related to gifted identification in the area of reading.

Fourth 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 cluster grouped in English Language Arts.  Cluster groups are groups of 5-10 high achieving students placed in a classroom together.  Placement is based on multiple student data points that seek out students who are high achievers in reading over time.  Placement in this group can change from year to year based on the latest data points and is not necessarily related to gifted identification in the area of reading.

Fifth 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 cluster grouped in English Language Arts.  Cluster groups are groups of 5-10 high achieving students placed in a classroom together.  Placement is based on multiple student data points that seek out students who are high achievers in reading over time.  Placement in this group can change from year to year based on the latest data points and is not necessarily related to gifted identification in the area of reading.

Sixth Grade:  Sixth graders who are identified as superior cognitive will meet with the Gifted Intervention Specialist for 40 minutes a day during T&E (Tutorial & Enrichment) time.  In this group, students will receive enrichment and work on personalized goals. 

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 all 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.

Seventh Grade and beyond:  Over thirty advanced, honors, AP and CCP courses are a part of the Lakota course offerings for grades 9-12. Entry to these courses is not dependent upon a gifted identification.  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.