Gifted Classroom Models


 

Cluster Classrooms (Grades 3-5)

A cluster classroom is a regular mainstream classroom in which a small group or cluster of students with gifted identification are placed together. The classroom teacher has the skills necessary to meet the needs of gifted learners. The size of the cluster may be as few as two or as many as ten students. The rest of the cluster classroom is composed of students of varying ability, not everyone in a cluster classroom has gifted identification.
 

Gifted and Talented services in District 833 are curriculum based. The curriculum for students in the cluster classroom is based on our district's core curriculum which is differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. Able learners may progress at an accelerated rate or at an in-depth level. A primary objective of the cluster classroom is to place greater emphasis on high level cognitive abilities. The cluster classroom also provides the students with an opportunity to interact with their intellectual peers. All students benefit when teachers focus on expanding, extending, and enhancing classroom learning opportunities.

 
Gifted and talented services are provided at all District 833 elementary schools through the Levels of Service approach. These levels are based on the individual programming model developed by Dr. Donald Treffinger of the Center for Creative Learning, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. For more information about opportunities at your school, please contact your child's classroom teacher.
 

Gateway

Gateway opened as a “school within a school” for students who are highly gifted and have exceptional abilities with two classrooms in 2006-2007. It was expanded to four classrooms in the fall of 2007 and is now made up of five classrooms. It is located at Bailey Elementary, serving selected students in grades 3 through 5. Gateway has been successful in challenging highly gifted students who have demonstrated needs beyond the Cluster Classroom model. Transportation is provided for students who come from any of the fourteen elementary sites across the district.

 

This program:

  • Establishes rigorous academic goals that meet and exceed District 833 curriculum

  • Incorporates multiple learning styles and  intelligences by compacting and differentiating instruction

  • Fosters higher level thinking in a community of academically astute minds

  • Creates a cohesive peer community of gifted learners

 

Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)

In 2009-2010, our junior high schools became middle schools serving students in grades 6-8 in the exploratory middle school model. Within their middle school, all students are placed in a “house” with a core group of teachers who knows them and can effectively address their strengths and needs.
 

Students with gifted identification are placed in a house with a cohort of other gifted students. The teachers in that house are carefully selected based on their ability to meet the needs of a gifted young adolescent. Each middle school has a gifted education specialist or case manager on staff to support students and families.

 
Gifted and talented services are provided at all District 833 middle schools through the Levels of Service approach. These levels are based on the individual programming model developed by Dr. Donald Treffinger of the Center for Creative Learning, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. To learn more about our district middle schools, see the school website, contact the building gifted education specialist or case manager or the principal of your child’s middle school.