Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students
Mountain Phoenix Community School h0nors students with ALPs, and also ascribes to the philosophy that all children come with gifts. Students who are above grade level or who have Twice Exceptional needs are supported through approaches used in the regular classroom, as well as during skills periods. The philosophy of Susan Winebrenner whereby students gifts are understood and accommodations are put in place to support their learning in the regular classroom, inspires our approach. Accelerated students who are above grade level in reading, writing and math will be able to grow academically within the main lesson through differentiated strategies, as well as during skills classes where small groups of students are met at their instructional level.
It is the school’s philosophy that all students should be challenged to grow academically, socially and emotionally during the school year. We are sensitive to students’ individual needs, and teachers work with the Principal to understand how to meet the needs of gifted students in their classrooms. Because excess repetition is not needed for most gifted students, Mountain Phoenix staff will work with parents to provide a supportive environment where students with asynchronous needs are able to prosper and learn. Healthy development of the head, heart and hand requires that students develop their will by producing projects and/or main lesson books to demonstrate their learning. This is not always easy for highly gifted students. As parents and teachers work together, the student will develop areas of weakness as well as feel honored for their gifts.
If your child has an ALP (Advanced Learning Plan), please be sure the school and the teacher have a copy. This will help to facilitate greater understanding of your child’s needs. All advanced students’ needs should be met whether they have an ALP or not. The school’s intervention team is ready to differentiate learning during skills periods based on an understanding of each child’s needs and will work with the teachers to better understand each student.