Program Overview K-12
The gifted program at the elementary level is known as LEO (Learning Enrichment Opportunities) and includes grades K-5. TAG is offered in grades 6-12.
Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2
The LEO program provides classroom materials at the teacher’s request. All kindergarten, first and second graders may be invited to participate in small group enrichment and/or extension activities. These learning experiences are taught by the LEO staff.
Grades 3, 4 and 5
LEO (Learning Enrichment Opportunities) is a program developed to challenge the gifted student in 3rd through 5th grades. The LEO teacher at each building leads small group enrichment units to identified students. Classes meet weekly for approximately one and a half hours.
TAG Differentiated Classes
Grades 6, 7 and 8
Students identified for gifted programming at the middle school level participate in curricular classes that vary from year to year. The 6th grade course is a differentiated science class; 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 the 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
This program is for students identified according to established district guidelines. The program begins in 9th grade with a required quarter-long career awareness and college planning seminar designed especially for TAG students. 9th grade students also have the option of choosing to take US History I and English I; both of which are open to all students, but stress academic rigor and presenting the student with challenge.
10th, 11th, and 12th grade students may elect to take an independent study course, allowing them to design their own in-depth study. Advanced Placement courses are also available to all students in these upper grades.