Middle School Gifted and Talented Curriculum
Essential Curriculum By Subject
G/T curriculum objectives in G/T English, Science and Social Studies are embedded within the curriculum for that grade level.
Students are selected for placement in G/T content area classes based upon multiple criteria. The first step in the placement process includes the testing of all students in Grade 5 using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Those students entering HCPSS in middle school will be tested using the School and College Ability Test (SCAT). In addition to those students whose scores fall within the CogAT or SCAT eligibility ranges, students also may be recommended to participate in G/T content classes by the school’s G/T Placement Committee. This committee reviews multiple data points related to a student’s performance, including additional assessment scores, student work samples, Instructional Seminar and Curriculum Extension Unit participation, and report card grades. The committee may recommend placement at the end of elementary school or in subsequent middle school years.
If a student is not eligible for G/T content area classes through testing, parents, teachers, and administrators may request a placement review, a process which incorporates multiple criteria including standardized tests, student work samples, classroom observation, and parental and teacher input. For information on how parents may initiate the placement review process, please refer to Parent Initiation of the Placement Review Process document for G/T Content Area Classes.
Accelerated Mathematics Program
The Accelerated G/T Mathematics Program allows students to progress through the sequence of mathematics courses at an accelerated rate. The program is designed for students who show outstanding ability and a high level of performance in mathematics.
For students entering 6th grade in 2016–2017:
The program has been re-designed for 2016–2017 and consists of two course sequences. In the first sequence, students will enroll in the Algebra I G/T course at their respective middle schools in 6th grade and the Geometry G/T course in 7th grade. In 8th grade, they will enroll in Algebra II and attend one two-hour class session each week afterschool or in the evening and use their in-school math period to complete the required weekly assignments.
In the second course sequence, a small number of students will attend one two-hour class session each week afterschool or in the evening beginning in 6th grade and use their in-school math period to complete the required weekly assignments. This current sequence parallels what was formerly referred to as “Early Entrance” to the Accelerated G/T Mathematics Program. This program benefits students who are extremely advanced, independent learners. Students participating in this program thrive in a challenging environment with others of similar abilities and interests.
For students entering 7th grade in 2016–2017:
Students attend one two-hour class session each week afterschool or in the evening for 7th and 8th grades and use their in-school math period to complete the required weekly assignments. Students in 7th grade will complete Algebra I/Geometry and in 8th grade will complete Geometry/Algebra II.
After participating in the program during their middle school years, the students will proceed with advanced mathematics courses available at their respective high schools.
Successful participants in this program are expected to have…
- strong problem-solving and abstract reasoning skills
- strong spatial and visualization skills
- a high level of interest in mathematics
- a high level of self-motivation and strong work ethic
- organizational and independent learning skills
- the ability to communicate mathematical ideas in writing
- academic maturity beyond their chronological years.
Students who meet the initial eligibility criteria based upon CogAT and PARCC scores will automatically be considered for this countywide program.
Please contact the middle school G/T Resource Teachers for more information.