Unit 4 Gifted Programming

Champaign Unit 4 School District offers gifted programs at four of our twelve elementary campuses. As part of the program, each of these four campuses include a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade gifted classroom, in addition to their K-5 general education classrooms. We value the exceptional abilities that exist in our diverse population of students whom hail from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Programming opportunities for students who are academically gifted have been a necessary part of the well-rounded educational experience we provide. We recognize the responsibility to identify, develop, and grow each student to reach their fullest potential. With the collaborative efforts of teachers, parents, community members, and administrators, we are able to use a student-centered approach to provide differentiated instructional practices, strategies, and academic experiences that challenge our students.

Goals

  • To identify students that have the potential to demonstrate exceptional abilities that require educational services whose needs require instructional practices and curricula that is beyond what is delivered in a general education setting.
  • To teach students how to navigate the challenges having a disparity between their intellectual and social-emotional development.
  • To expose the diverse abilities levels of our students to those with varying ability levels through opportunities for collaboration.
  • To incorporate differentiated instruction into the learning environment that requires students to build capacity in working both independently and collaboratively.
  • To support the district’s commitment to providing access and opportunity to historically underserved populations.

Curriculum

Academically gifted and talented students are provided educational experiences appropriate to their level of ability.  With an emphasis on rigor, students are academically challenged in an accelerated curriculum that provides a higher degree of complexity, flexible grouping, curriculum compacting, pacing, and differentiated content, process, and/or products. Currently our programs are housed at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy, Dr. Howard, Kenwood, and Stratton elementary schools. 

Timeline

October/November

All 1st grade students are screened/tested in the fall of each year.

December

Families are typically notified of the results the first or second week of December.  During this month, there will be a parent informational meeting which reviews the process, and program options offered at our campuses. 

January

Families of 1st grade students who did not qualify must request additional testing by contacting Addie Williams in the Elementary Teaching and Learning Department not later than January 10, 2019. No Applications will be accepted after January 10. Families of 2nd-4th grade students who are interested in gifted testing must submit an application to participate (not later than January 10). Gifted testing begins around the 3rd week of January. This test includes three components: Verbal, Nonverbal, and Quantitative. For specific times and dates please contact the school or the Teaching and Learning Department (351-3752).

February

Gifted testing is typically completed by the first week of February. Gifted Qualifying Letters will be mailed to families the second week of February. Families that qualify will be notified and asked to identify and prioritize campuses they would be interested in attending. Submitting an Interest Form, is not a commitment to the program or campus.  It is merely an expression of interest in gifted programming and identifies campuses they might consider as their choice. These letters are typically due the second-third week of February. Families are encouraged to visit campuses that house gifted programs during the Schools of Choice Tours. 

March

Assignment/Acceptance Letters are mailed out to families around the first week of March.  This informs the families of the option they have for gifted programming. Families are again encouraged to visit their assigned campus during the Schools of Choice Tours.  Acceptance Letters are typically due to the Teaching and Learning department by the last week of March. 

Application

Applications are due January 10, 2019. Testing will begin the third week of January.

English Application

Spanish Application

French Application

 

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