GIFTED SERVICES - meeting student needs
Dr. Prixilla Pixler, Coordinator
419-823-4381 x. 3
The Otsego Schools strive to provide excellent learning experiences for all of our students. We want to challenge all of our students through effective instruction and strong curriculum.
In our efforts to keep students and parents informed about how we meet the needs of gifted students, the following provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions and Concerns
How do you identify gifted students?
Our schools do a district-wide identification assessment process at grades three and six. Through this process students are identified in the areas cognitive ability, achievement in mathematics, achievement in language arts, achievement in science, and achievement in social studies. Students not involved in this process may be referred for possible assessment.
I understand that your honors classes begin in seventh grade. How do you serve gifted students grades K through 6?
Gifted students in grades K-6 are served in several ways. First and probably most importantly, students are challenged and provided educational opportunities in the regular classroom where they spend the greatest amount of time. Educators at these grades have selected curriculum that provide learning options for students at all levels.
In addition, teachers use instructional strategies that challenge all students, including individuals with high abilities. Some examples would include guided reading using leveled readers, daily mathematical problem solving, developing writing process skills, etc.
How are gifted students served in grades seven and eight?
Students at these grades are placed in honors classes. The current class options for grade seven include: Social Studies, Literature and Writing, and Mathematics. Options for grade eight are: Social Studies, Literature and Writing, Integrated I Mathematics (receive high school credit), and Spanish I (receive high school credit).
How are gifted students served in grades nine through twelve?
Students at these grades also participate in honors classes. Honors classes include Honors English 9-12, Accelerated Math 2, Accelerated Math 3, Calculus, and Physics. The Calculus, Physics, and Honors English 12 classes are weighted in the student’s GPA to reflect the higher–level work. Along with honors classes, students may participate in the post secondary option.