Gifted & Talented Program
Debbie Renz, Director of Instructional Services
The Broken Arrow School District is committed to providing opportunities which promote the growth of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for students to reach their full potential. Through this commitment, the best possible student outcomes are achieved.
There are students in Broken Arrow schools whose abilities require differentiated programs for the full development of their general intellectual ability, specific academic ability, thinking skills, leadership ability and performance or productive ability.
To develop independence of thought and study by providing varied opportunities for becoming efficient and productive thinkers, and to foster within each gifted student a realistic awareness of self and comprehension of the significance of his/her potential role in society.
Kaleidoscope (Grades 1-5)
Kaleidoscope is a broad-based program which consists of a variety of options for elementary school gifted students. A resource room "send out" program gives students in grades two through five the opportunity to work with a teacher trained in the education of the gifted. Students in this class are involved in activities designed to increase their knowledge in a variety of subject areas, develop thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills, and develop research skills while applying them to units of study. Formal identification and placement of gifted students does not take place until second grade.
Middle School and High School Gifted Program (Grades 6-12)
Unique patterns of individual characteristics, interest, aptitudes, abilities and values indicate that secondary schools should offer the intellectually gifted many choices.
Students identified as gifted at the middle school may select from a variety of Pre-AP courses. These classes emphasize strategic reasoning, creative and critical thinking skills and cooperative learning strategies. Advanced course work will differ in pace, breadth and depth.
At the intermediate high school and high school level students identified as gifted will select from a variety of options. Their course work may include Pre-AP classes and/or Advanced Placement classes. Both Pre-AP and AP classes will emphasize strategic reasoning, creative and critical thinking skill and cooperative learning strategies. Advanced course work will differ in pace, breadth and depth.