High Ability

High Ability Program Plan

Primary Cluster Classroom: In grades K-3, seven or eight identified students are placed in a cluster classroom along with other randomly selected students. Cluster teachers use instructional groupings for reading and math. The Primary High Ability Resource Assistant supports instruction by working with the identified K-1 students using the Junior Great Books Program which is a reading/language arts curriculum three days a week for 30 minutes. In the second grade cluster class, the High Ability Resource Assistant works with the high ability math students 5 days a week for 40 minutes, and in the third grade cluster class the assistant works with the advanced readers 5 days a week for 45 minutes using the Junior Great Books Program.

Full-Time Pull Out Language Arts (TAG): Identified students from grades 4, 5, and 6 participate daily in an accelerated language arts program.  Students continue the Junior Great Books program and supplemental reading materials are used to move readers beyond grade level standards. Michael Thompson’s grammar and word stem materials are used for grammar and vocabulary instruction. Grammar instruction is compacted with more time devoted to writing, especially academic writing in grade 6.

High Ability Elementary Advanced Math: In grades 3-4, students within the grade level are grouped for instruction. High ability math students are grouped together and meet daily for 45-50 minutes. Teachers accelerate the pace of instruction and use supplemental math materials designed for high ability math students. Project M3 curriculum and kits were purchased for the high ability instructors in grades 3-5, and teachers are using the materials to augment their curriculum.  Grades 5 & 6 participate daily in an accelerated math program.