Program Overview K-12
The gifted program at the elementary and intermediate levels is known as LEO (Learning Enrichment Opportunities) and includes grades K-6. TAG is offered in grades 7-12.
Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, and 3
All kindergarten, first, second, and third graders participate in thinking skills class lessons taught by the LEO/TAG teacher approximately once per month. Students may be invited to participate in small group activities based on the thinking skills categories of the Primary Education Thinking Skills curriculum. These small groups are identified by classroom teachers and taught by LEO staff in the resource room.
Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6
Some students in these grade levels are recommended for participation in Reading or Math Strengthgroups taught by the LEO staff. These groups change 3 times per year based on the most recent district standardized test scores.
Grades 4, 5, and 6
Some students in these grades are recommended for participation in the Challenge Group based on the Cognitive Abilities Test, Iowa Statewide Assessments of Student Progress, and NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (when available). Students complete enrichment units in small groups led by the LEO teacher.
TAG Differentiated Classes
Grades 7 and 8
Students identified for gifted programming at the middle school level participate in differentiated core courses. The 7th grade course is a differentiated literacy (reading/language arts) class, and the 8th grade course is a differentiated language arts class. Each class meets daily in place of the like-content regular education course. Students in these TAG courses earn a grade and credit.
TAG students study the same basic curriculum as those in the regular education classes. However, because of their unique abilities, they can move at a faster pace through the material. They may participate in in-depth research projects which develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. The differentiated courses require increased student responsibility for learning.
High School TAG
The high school TAG program begins in 9th grade with a required quarter-long career awareness and college planning seminar designed especially for TAG students. 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students may elect to take an independent study course, allowing them to design their own in-depth study. Students have the opportunity to meet with the TAG Teacher throughout their time in high school for additional help planning for their time in high school and beyond. Advanced Placement courses are also available to all students in the district in these upper grades.