Each school designs services for students identified for gifted services on the basis of school and countywide objectives and following the 2017 – 2022 APS Local Plan for the Gifted.
Students may be identified in grades K-12 in mathematics, language arts, science and social studies.
School based academic services are delivered:
- in the general education classroom setting within a cluster group (at least 5 identified gifted learners)
- with teachers who have earned the minimum requirement of 40 gifted points (PIP: G-2.14 PIP-9) and who continue to seek additional opportunities to learn strategies and curricular resources written for gifted learners to strengthen their instruction
- according to a collaborative resource model the cluster teacher works with the resource teacher for the gifted to plan, model, develop and/or present appropriately differentiated learning experiences for gifted students on a daily basis
- cluster teachers and RTGs are guided in their planning by the APS Critical and Creative Thinking Framework and curricular resources written for gifted learners
The benefits of a collaborative model are one of the ways schools strengthen services to provide gifted services to a much broader range of advanced learners. By working with teachers to add rigor and complexity to lessons, gifted learners get the daily challenge they need while offering more students the opportunity to think and problem solve at higher levels.