Gifted and Talented
Journeys School identifies gifted and talented students using such standardized tests as CTP 4 of the ERB, PSAT, SAT and SCAT, as well as assesses student performance through their portfolio of work (including art, written pieces, performance documentation and other projects). Outstanding student performance is then identified by a committee of teachers and an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is developed. The needs of students are then met through implementation of some or all of the following accommodations:
- Malone Scholars Program: Selected gifted and talented students qualify as Malone Scholars and receive financial support via the scholarship program. Click here for more information.
- International Baccalaureate: All students participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (authorized since December 2010) and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Journeys School is currently a candidate, we will implement the authorized program in the fall of 2013)
- Differentiated classrooms: Differentiated classrooms and clustering of students is used to ensure all students are challenged. Based on our differentiation, students may be studying the same subjects at varying levels simultaneously.
- Independent study projects: We have worked with individual students to create courses outside of our established curriculum that are particular to gifted student needs and abilities (i.e robotics, environmental architecture, online study of Mandarin Chinese, stop/motion animation and many other electives in the arts). Students may incorporate an independent project into an extended family trip outside of school, such as an in depth investigation of Chinese history, or the ecology of Antarctica).
- Orbital study projects: Independent investigations that “orbit,” or revolve, around some facet of the current curriculum, which can be conducted in a single course or can integrate the curricula of multiple courses. With guidance and coaching from a teacher and parent(s) serving as consultants, students can thus develop expertise in their topic and in the process of becoming an independent investigator.
- Grade Acceleration: Students are accelerated a grade when both socially prepared and academically talented. Students accelerate to the next grade level in an individual subject area as determined during ILP meetings.
- Small classes: Low student teacher ratios allow faculty to pay special attention to individual gifted and talented students in every class.
- Distance and online learning opportunities: Middlebury College’s PowerSpeak language program, Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) program, and Khan Academy courses are used to help students move beyond the core curriculum.
- Capstone Program for 5th, 10th, 12th, and 8th Grade: Capstone programs include a written theses, creative projects, independent research, travel, and presentations.
- Internships: Students work with local professionals to establish goal-oriented and product-focused internships (Square One Engineering, St. John’s Medical Center, Ecology Project International – Costa Rica, Off Square Theater Company, Photography Internship with NAU, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Latino Resource Center).
- College Counseling: Individualized, comprehensive college and career counseling prepares and continues student pursuits in their goals and interests.
- Assessment: Journeys School’s existing assessment model focuses on content, process and product. This model allows faculty to gather detailed information on both what and how students learn and demonstrate learning. Faculty can then make accommodations for students to ensure they are challenged to their full potential. There are often two to three levels of challenge within assessments that align with the abilities of students in the class. Accelerated students are required to respond to the highest level, or most difficult, questions that are within their ability.
For more information call Tammie Van Holland at 307.734.3710.