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Extended Studies Program (Gifted and Talented)

6 months ago

“Gifted and talented” children refers to those children in grades K-12 who have the potential to excel beyond their age peers in the regular school program. These students may receive specialized instruction to broaden their critical thinking, reading, writing, mathematical and problem-solving skills in one or more of the following categories:

  • Intellectual Ability as demonstrated by significant achievement, or potential for significant achievement, above their age peers in one or more academic areas;
  • Artistic Ability as demonstrated by significant achievement, or potential for significant achievement, above their age peers in the performing and/or visual arts.

Program Description

In Lake Region schools, gifted and talented students are serviced through the Extended Studies Program. The Extended Studies Program follows the District curriculum guidelines. The curriculum is extended for students by eliminating the repetition of previously mastered material, upgrading the challenge level of the regular curriculum, and providing the opportunity for appropriate enrichment and acceleration activities as well as ensuring mastery of basic skills.

The program also focuses on the social and emotional needs of gifted and talented students and helps them in relating to and functioning successfully with both age and intellectual peers.

The Extended Studies Program provides classroom teachers with the resources and consultation necessary to meet the needs of gifted students in the regular classroom.

Student Outcomes

  • Recognizes their unique abilities as a gifted individual while becoming self-directed.

  • Works at their own level and pace beyond traditional age and or grade parameters.

  • Works in-depth with self-selected topics in an area of study with emphasis on advanced research skills and methods beyond traditional and or grade parameters.

  • Develops and extends complex, abstract, and higher-level thinking skills beyond traditional and or grade parameters.

  • Develops products that challenge ideas and produce new ideas.


Extended Studies Department
K-12 Visual and Performing Arts
Identification and Screening

Curriculum and Extended Studies Resources

6 months ago

K-5 Program Options

Enrichment (teacher consult) K-3

Small group enrichment instruction 4-5

Differentiation of curriculum (teacher consult)

Single-subject differentiation

Individual academic instruction

Individual social and emotional support

Single subject acceleration  

Full grade acceleration (District policy)


K-5 Curriculum Options

Junior Great Books

Literature Groups    

Hands-On Equations

Higher Level Thinking Activities

Computer-Based Instruction 

Research Projects

Independent Investigation Art

Independent Investigation Music

3D Design and Printing 


Other recommended resources

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Hoagies Gifted Education Page

National Geographic Geography Bee

Supporting Educational Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Free Rice

Khan Academy

BrainPop

Mensa for Kids

Tinkercad

Makers Empire



6-8 Program Options

Differentiation of curriculum (teacher consult)

Curriculum Compacting and Independent Studies/Projects

Extended Studies Math Classes - Grades 7, and 8

Extended Studies English Language Arts Classes - Grades 7 and 8

English Language Arts and Math Enrichment - Grade 6

Self-paced Online Curricular Options

Full grade acceleration (District policy)


6-8 Math and Language Arts Curriculum

enVision Math - Pearson SuccessNet

Connected Mathematics

S.T.E.M.

Glencoe Algebra    

Glencoe Literature Library

Contemporary and Classic Literature Studies

Technology-Based Reading and Writing Projects


9-12 Program Options (Consultant Model)

AP courses: European History, U.S. Government, U.S. History, Psychology, English Literature, Calculus, Honors Statistics

College courses available from St. Joseph's, SMCC, CMCC, UMaine Academy (ACADEM-E)