The Path-to-Potential Gifted Program allows gifted scholars to delve deeper into content as they develop critical thinking skills, enhanced with our unique curriculum structure. Innovation and creation are the themes for these Scholars while they invent and solve real world problems in the Fab Lab. The Path-to-Potential Gifted Program is a one of a kind program in Casa Grande and is only available at The Grande Innovation Academy. The teachers of the program are highly qualified and experienced in differentiated instruction.
K – 2nd Grade Cluster Scholars are grouped together with other scholars and one teacher that receives specific training in gifted education and differentiation. Based on assessment data, scholars will have curriculum compacted, accelerated, and will be challenged with high-level projects.
3rd, 4th and 5th Self-Contained Gifted Scholars receive instruction with one teacher that receives specific training in gifted education and differentiation. These scholars will have a personalized learning plan using school adopted curriculum and extension activities. Based on assessment data scholars may have curriculum compacted and accelerated through a year’s worth of curriculum in a shorter amount of time.
6th – 8th Honors Classes The middle school gifted scholars will receive core instruction that is differentiated based on ability and need. They will receive specific leadership opportunities, STEM and extended time in the SMALLab. Gifted middle schoolers also participate in Mock Trial taught by an attorney and math teacher, Mr. Wong.
Scholars will also participate in service learning:
- Feed my Starving Children
- Local Events
Gifted Testing takes place 3 times a year using the Cognitive Abilities Test and Gifted Rating Scales. Scholars are gifted if they score in the 97 percentile or higher in one or more areas: verbal, quantitative, nonverbal. If scores fall in the 90-96 percentile a team decision will be made if the scholar should be placed in the self-contained classroom.
Contact Patty Messer for more information on the Path-to-Potential program and testing.