Grade Span Information

MSAD 75’s core commitments to gifted and talented students and their families are:

  1. Work at an appropriate level of challenge,
  2. Time to work with intellectual peers, and
  3. Information and guidance regarding opportunities within and beyond the school day.

  Elementary School (Grade Span K-2)  

Students in grades K-2 are not formally identified for gifted and talented services. The focus at these levels is on identifying needs rather than students. Gifted and talented staff works collaboratively with teachers to recognize gifted behaviors in the regular classroom. While needs are identified and differentiated for at these levels, students are not.

Screening for formal gifted and talented identification begins at the 3rd grade level.

 Elementary School (Grade Span 3-5)  

At these grade levels classroom teachers provide for the unique learning needs of identified students in consultation with our gifted and talented staff. Gifted and talent staff works collaboratively with teachers to differentiate learning opportunities as needed and to ensure identified students make adequate yearly progress. Gifted and talented staff also works with students and parents to help identify the central strengths, needs and interests of each child, and to then provide both guidance and advocacy to connect each child with appropriate learning opportunities.

 Middle School (Grade Span 6-8)

At Mt. Ararat Middle School  teachers provide for the unique learning needs of identified students in consultation with our gifted and talented staff. Gifted and talent staff works collaboratively with teachers to differentiate learning opportunities as needed and to ensure identified students make adequate yearly progress. Gifted and talented staff also works with students and parents to help identify the central strengths, needs and interests of each child, and to then provide both guidance and advocacy to connect each child with appropriate learning opportunities.

 

High School (Grade Span 9th-12th) Consultation Model 

At Mt. Ararat High School students identified as gifted and talented are offered collaborative consultation services through MSAD 75 Gifted and Talented Support Services. This model is designed to address the needs of gifted 9th through 12th grade students. Consultation services are provided by a gifted and talented consulting teacher who is a certified gifted endorsed teacher with experience in the field of gifted education.

Goals for students who participate in this model are:
  1.  To monitor student progress through meetings with individual students and/or their teachers.
  2. To answer questions, supply information and resources related to the unique needs of gifted learners.
  3. To work with students to help identify their central strengths, needs and interests, and (as needed) to then provide both guidance and advocacy to connect the student with appropriate opportunities.
Goals to assist classroom teachers who work with gifted high school students are:
  1. To monitor academic progress.
  2. To provide suggestions for modifications to ensure greater student success.
  3. To discuss individual student’s needs with teachers.
  4. To provide information to teachers regarding the unique needs of gifted students.
 Goals for helping parents of gifted high school students are:
  1. To answer questions, supply information and resources related to the unique needs of gifted learners.
  2. To work with families (as needed) to help identify their child’s central strengths, needs and interests, and (as needed) to then provide both guidance and advocacy to connect the student with appropriate opportunities.