The Helix School District is dedicated to the idea that every student has the right to an education that provides opportunities for the maximum development of their potential. We recognize that some students in our schools have capabilities that far exceed those of their age peers.
The Helix District acknowledges that these students with outstanding abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment may require differentiated instruction to meet their educational needs. The district encourages, fosters and supports educational efforts for its academically talented and intellectually gifted student population.
Instructional Options for TAG Students
Currently there are no specified instructional formats specifically designed for TAG students at elementary, middle or high school level. Advanced course offerings are available at the high school level, as are dual credit options. Other instructional options may be available to meet your child’s needs in any grade, depending on your child’s level or classroom include: ability grouping, choice assignments, curriculum compacting, differential instruction, distance learning, and/or independent study projects.
During preschool years, giftedness can be demonstrated by early physical development, early language development, and/or exceptional powers of observation and curiosity.
While it is rare for a gifted child to exhibit all characteristics listed below, it is common for a gifted child to manifest many of the following:
Knows the answers
Has good ideas
Answers the questions
Listens with interest
Learns with ease
6-8 repetitions for mastery
Grasps the meaning
Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation
Is pleased with own learning
Asks the questions
Is highly curious
Is mentally and physically involved
Has wild, silly ideas
Plays around, yet tests well
Discusses in detail, elaborates
Beyond the group
Shows strong feelings and opinions
1-2 repetitions for mastery
Creates a new design
Thrives on complexity
Is keenly observant
Is highly self-critical
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