Our gifted and talented students are challenged in the regular classroom with advanced studies in algebra, anatomy, creative writing, literature and science. Victory School has high expectations for its students. Our focus is personal growth and individual success for each child. We move children from their beginning level to the highest level they can personally achieve. The students work on special projects/reports and receive engaging instruction rather than completing repetitive assignments that do not force them to think through problems. Our gifted and talented students are given appropriate challenges and leadership roles.
In the early years, (K4 and K5) students are observed for gifted and talented traits. Once recognized, these strengths are focused upon so that the child is comfortable and confident with his or her talents. A gifted and talented reader in K5 may attend reading group instruction with a first grade class. Out of class opportunities, such as field trips, are also explored.
In the elementary and middle school years, gifted and talented students are asked to complete projects or extensions of the work on which the rest of the class is working. By using assessment data, the teacher can modify content. Workload is determined on an individual basis. Gifted and talented students receive higher-level assignments focusing on the same topics as the rest of the class. They are expected to answer higher-order thinking questions and are frequently used as “team leaders.”
We offer some opportunities for gifted and talented students to participate in higher levels of learning in a particular subject area. This school year we offered a Gifted Writers’ Workshop and Bookmaking Program for gifted writers in grades 3 – 8. A gifted and talented class (1 hour per week) for a group of ten K5 gifted students was also offered.
Victory School was selected to represent schools across our state by participating in the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This assessment tells us what students across the nation know and can accomplish in key subject areas. The results of this assessment will be summarized at both the state and national levels.