A: All students who are identified academically talented and/or intellectually gifted are continuously assessed to determine their level and rate of learning. The services offered address both affective and intellectual needs of these students and encourage the development of advanced critical and creative thinking skills. While the TAG identification criteria are consistent throughout the District, any special services will vary from school to school in order to meet the unique needs of each school's situation.
In addition to on-going classroom instruction at the appropriate rate and level, some of the other services which may be available are listed below:
All grade levels: Differentiated instruction, cluster grouping and flexible grouping, individualized instruction, curriculum compacting, grade acceleration, independent projects, mentorships, clubs and interest groups, Oregon Writing Festival, Knowledge Master Tournament, District Spelling Bee
Elementary students: Early entrance, interest classes, science fairs, academic competitions, learning centers, Junior Great Books, National Geographic Bee, Math 24
Middle school students: Concurrent enrollment, accelerated courses, National Middle School Math Exam, Educational Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University (EPGY), Great Books, National Geographic Bee, Johns Hopkins University CTY Exam, Critical Thinking Academies, Summa Academy
High school students: Honors courses, Advanced Placement, symposium series, debate, reading and conference, mentorships, independent study, credit by examination, JETS, National High School Math Exam, possibility of concurrent enrollment with Portland Community College, Portland State University, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College
Please contact your child's teacher or the school principal for more specific information.