WHAT IS THE GIFTED PROGRAM?
The mission of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Academically
or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program is to challenge and nurture each of our
advanced learners with differentiated educational experiences that will enable
them to grow as dynamic thinkers, creative problem solvers and compassionate
leaders. We contend that intelligence is not a fixed asset and that whatever
their point of entry into our teaching and learning environment, our advanced
and high potential learners will be afforded learning opportunities that
challenge and inspire them to grow academically, intellectually, socially and
WHO DOES THE GIFTED PROGRAM SERVE?
The CHCCS Gifted Program serves academically
or intellectually advanced learners who achieve or show the potential to achieve
at levels well above their age and grade peers. These learners may require
education services beyond those provided in the core educational program. Academically
or intellectually advanced learners are found in students from every cultural,
racial and economic background.
INDICATORS OF NEED FOR GIFTED SERVICES?
Children who need gifted services may consistently exhibit many
of these or similar characteristics in exceptional ways. They may:
a strong thirst for learning and may seek ways to feed this thirst
very creative and curious.
intense interests in or hyper-focus on a particular area or topic.
information quickly with little need for repetition.
advanced reasoning & problem solving skills.
strong spatial reasoning.
social and/or emotional perceptiveness beyond their age.
WHAT ARE SERVICE OPTIONS FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS?
There are five service options
in CHCCS to meet the needs of advanced learners. For more detailed information
about each option, please see The Parent Guide to Gifted Education in CHCCS on
the district website.
DEVELOPMENT is a
pilot program in K this year. No nomination is needed for this option.
Students will participate without formal identification. Talent
Development Services aim first to, find high achieving students and assure
curriculum is appropriately differentiated to meet their needs, and secondly,
to support the district’s goals to socialize intelligence, create an
effort-based paradigm, and within a commitment to a knowledge core, build in
high thinking demand with all very young students. Talent Development seeks to
locate, lift up and further develop students who have the aptitude for high
level thinking and achievement, but a lack of background content exposure may
mask their abilities.
ACADEMIC NURTURING and ENRICHMENT (NE) services are provided for grade
1- 5 students who demonstrate high potential to develop the skills for advanced
study. NE is our district’s recognition and cultivation of high potential for
advanced learning, prior to formal gifted identification in Grade 3. Across
grades 1-2, Gifted Education Specialists (GES) collaborate with classroom
teachers to provide rigorous, high level learning experiences to all students.
They document a series of observations for gifted potential and combine these
with school assessment data and performance tasks in a nurturing portfolio. For
those students who show emerging talent for advanced learning, the portfolio is
used to support formal gifted nomination in 3rd grade. NE students
are served primarily by the classroom teacher supported by the GES in flexible groups
in the core classroom. (Services in 1-5)
GIFTED EDUCATION (GE) services
are provided for students who demonstrate achievement in reading and/or
math that often exceeds the expected performance of their grade level. GE
students are provided differentiated instruction and enrichment experiences
based on data driven demonstrated need. Services are provided by the classroom
teacher and supported by the GES. (Nominations
in grades 3-12)
HIGHLY GIFTED EDUCATION (HGE) services are provided for students whose demonstrated achievement in
reading or math consistently exceeds the expected grade-level
performance before instruction. HGE students are served by classroom teachers
supported by the gifted specialist in flexible cluster groups. They receive specialized
services in the area of need as described in their Individual Differentiated Education
Plan (IDEP). (Nominations in grades 3-12)
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT for ADVANCED PROGRAMMING (LEAP) services are provided for HGE students in
grades 4-8 who are consistently exceeding grade level performance expectations
before instruction in reading, math and application in other subject areas. The
student has demonstrated profound learning needs that require a setting
different from their grade-level classroom. LEAP is a district level program housed in
district-designated schools. Gifted certified teachers serve these students in
self-contained classrooms. (Nominations in grades 3-7 for placement in the
following school year.)
ARE STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR GIFTED SERVICES?
The referral (nomination)
process is ongoing in grades 1-12.
Students can be nominated through school screening or by parents,
community members, or by self-nomination (older students).
School Screening – Classroom teachers and/or the GES use
school-administered assessments including a standardized aptitude test at Grade
3, EOG tests results (Grades 4-8) and a variety of school-based achievement
measures to determine whether a child should be considered for gifted
education. Parents are notified and given the option to pursue further
assessment for gifted services.
Parent, Community Member,
Self-nomination – Parents or others
may nominate a child based on qualifying aptitude and/or achievement tests, a
student portfolio or identification in a previous school district. Nomination forms may be obtained from the district website at http://www.chccs.k12.nc.us/groups/gifted-education or from the GES in your child’s school.
STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR GIFTED SERVICES?
to CHCCS with documented participation in a gifted program in their previous
district will be cluster grouped in their enrolled school and served with
district-identified students until a formal evaluation can be completed during
the March gifted nomination and identification window. ALL DISTRICT students, not previously identified or who are seeking
LEAP placement, may be nominated from August 25 to February 28. Nominations for GE, HGE and LEAP options are submitted
during this period. Nomination forms and more specific information about all
gifted options is available on the district website.
Please refer to these documents and information before submitting nominations.
HOW CAN I GET
information read The Parent Guide to
Gifted Education in CHCCS or:
Contact the Gifted
Education Specialist at your child’s school.
Contact your child’s Classroom or Team Teacher.
Contact your child’s School Administrator.
Use the “Contact Us” link at http://www.chccs.k12.nc.us/groups/gifted-education
Contact the Coordinator
of Gifted Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Gifted Education