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METAGS Services

To address the specific needs of gifted students, we offer flexible and challenging services that accommodate their special needs, abilities and interests. This may include modifying the depth, complexity and pacing of their curriculum. 

Services will be provided through a variety of instructional arrangements such as co-teaching experiences, differentiation and small group instruction within the classroom or pull out instruction.  

Students placed in the METAGS program will receive enrichment and modification within their classroom through the collaboration of the gifted education teacher and homeroom teacher. In addition, they may receive the following additional services:

Pull out instruction to develop skills needed for critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and research.

Opportunity to explore a topic in detail and of a personal interest through a Passion Project. Projects will be showcased in an exhibition at the end of the year.

Program Criteria

Students will be screened in the areas of cognitive ability and achievement. The process for evaluation will include the following:

Students in 3rd through 6th Grade who score in the 92nd percentile on the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) or above will have the opportunity for further testing.

Parents/Guardians will be contacted to obtain written consent to continue the evaluation process.

If consent is obtained, students will take a comprehensive aptitude assessment used to help determine student abilities in the areas of non-verbal, verbal and quantitative reasoning. Students must score in the 97th percentile or above in at least one of these areas to be considered for admittance to the program. Parents/Guardians will be notified in writing of their child’s evaluation results and a request for a parent conference will be made to discuss the possibility of placement.

To be placed in the METAGS program, students must meet both the achievement and mental abilities components.

Continuation Policy

Continuation requires that a student maintain satisfactory performance in the METAGS program and their homeroom as noted by regular attendance, active participation, appropriate conduct and positive attitude towards learning.  The homeroom teacher and METAGS Coordinator share the responsibility of communicating with each other concerning a student’s progress.

Additional Services 

In order to effectively meet the learning needs of high achieving students, the METAGS Coordinator will provide strategies and support to classroom teachers. Through coaching, consultation and support during collaborative planning, teachers will be able to improve differentiation methods that extend and challenge students. The goal is to provide depth to concepts rather than providing only acceleration.

We believe that METAGS offers quality services to match the needs of our gifted learners and support teachers to challenge high achieving students within the classroom.