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    Gifted Program in Council Rock School District

    The Council Rock School District recognizes the need for programs for the gifted student whose abilities necessitate enriching the curriculum to include experiences that are different from the educational mainstream. The gifted program, also known as Humanities, is a supplement to the regular educational program.

         The goals for the program are to encourage higher level thinking skills, enhance creativity, promote positive attitudes toward self and others, and broaden learning experiences beyond those in the regular classroom setting. These goals are designed to recognize the needs of children who process information in a unique manner. Many of our highest achieving, most adjusted, diligent workers, are children who do not qualify for this program and whose needs are being met within the regular classroom setting.

         The goals of the program are achieved by incorporating the following:

    • Emphasis on higher level thought processes.

    • The use of problem solving as a vehicle.

    • Integration of concept development into activities.

    • Development of skills in locating and using resources.

    • Development of self-evaluation skills.

    • Emphasis of student’s responsibility for his/her own learning.

    • Emphasis on exposure to thinking skill processes in both the affective and cognitive domain.

         The gifted program in Council Rock encompasses grades one through twelve. Screening for possible candidates for the program begins at the first grade level with teacher observations, activities and testing. A formal program starts near the end first. However, at any grade level recommendations can be made for screening and testing. In grades one and two, the program is of a "pull-out" nature with curriculum centering on a variety of special interest topics and enrichment activities.

         In grades three through twelve, the area of Social Studies is the vehicle for providing the program. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade Social Studies classes meet every day. Humanities Social Studies replaces Social Studies in the regular class. The study of content follows the regular class guidelines, but in addition, includes enrichment activities.
     
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    Humanities

    Newtown Elementary School, in accordance with Council Rock School District policy and Pennsylvania Department of Education mandates, provides a gifted program called Humanities.  The humanities curriculum integrates high level thinking skills, creativity, differentiated instruction along with basic skills and enrichment activities in each student’s educational plan.  In grades three through six students receive their Social Studies through humanities.  In grade two, the program is based on a curriculum that encompasses a range of disciplines.  All first grade students participate in planned activities which focus on deductive and inductive reasoning, patterns, and logic.  These activities along with other formal and informal assessments are used to help identify students for the program.  The first grade program begins when formal assessments have been completed and is multiple disciplinary in approach.

     

    Entry into the program involves a process which uses multiple criteria in assessment.  Students from all grade levels can be recommended for evaluation.  The first step involves a formal request from the parent or classroom teacher based on observation of a student’s academic strengths and higher level thinking skills.  A parent and teacher inventory along with the administration of a short form test instrument. This instrument measures a student’s verbal, nonverbal and general cognitive functioning.  The second tier of evaluation, for those students who qualify, is the administration of an full scale evaluation given by our school psychologist along with academic achievement tests. The Gifted Multidisciplinary Team reviews the results of these assessments and determines appropriate program placement.