Gifted Education services for students identified in grades K-1 are primarily offered through consultation. During consultation our Gifted Specialist consults with the Regular Education Teacher to provide ideas, resources, materials, & learning contracts to help the teacher differentiate the regular education curriculum.
In addition, our Gifted Specialist is actively involved with the 2nd grade teachers at MES. She goes into 2nd grade classes to do “planned experiences” as part of the SDE required 2nd grade Child Find.
In grades 2-4, identified gifted students are pulled-out for a resource class (GRC – Gifted Resource Class) each week. In the resource class, the students are exposed to a differentiated / concept-based curriculum which may include, but is not limited to
Content that is related to broad-based issues, theories, or problems
Activities to develop thinking skills (Talents Unlimited, CORT, Creative Problem Solving, Junior Great Books)
Activities to develop research skills and methods
Opportunities for in-depth learning of a self-selected topic within an area of study
Teaching techniques which nurture higher level thinking
Learning centers to encourage independent projects
Units not ordinarily presented in the regular curriculum
Training in critical thinking and problem solving
Understanding gifted & guidance in recognizing their unique affective needs
Middle School Gifted Education Services
Rutledge Middle School (5-8)
Advanced core curriculum classes provided by highly qualified general education teacher
Enrichment clusters for students
Cluster grouping n all core subject areas with differentiated instruction
High School Gifted Education Services
The Midfield City High School Gifted Education Program provides indirect services for 9th-12th grade students identified (according to the Alabama State Department of Education guideline) for gifted education placement.
The goals are:
To maintain each student’s gifted identity.
To meet the student’s academic needs through: Honors classes, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and various extra-curricular activities.
College & career counseling is available through the high school guidance department. The high school counselors will also help students, who are interested, to make arrangements for options like ACCESS on-line high school classes or the opportunity to take post-secondary Dual Enrollment or Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit classes.
All students enrolled in gifted education classes at the middle school will remain on the gifted education rolls at the high school level.
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