Elementary GOAL classes are held once a week. The program consists of two components with weekly class time allotments as follows:
- Thematic units - 90 minutes
- Individualized option (I.O.) - 45 minutes
Thematic units are interdisciplinary in nature, but usually have an emphasis in one of the four major elementary curriculum areas of science, social studies, mathematics, or communication arts. Specific units of study are selected by the GOAL teacher in each building. Examples of thematic units are:
Grade 1 - Primary Education Thinking Skills
Grade 2 - Voyage of the Mimi
Grade 3 - Architecture
Grade 4 - Mystery
Grade 5 - Mini-Society
Individualized option activities are driven by the students' GIEP goals and are based on individual interests, strengths, and needs. The activities may be organized under categories such as centers, independent research/projects, and academic games. An off-site curriculum & extension is scheduled once a year to compliment the thematic unit.
Differentiation is also provided in the regular education classrooms through flexible grouping. Each year, the Gifted Support teachers screen, identify, and instruct students (Grades 2 - 5) for the English Language Arts Plus (ELAP) Program. A child does not have to be identified as gifted to participate in English Language Arts Plus. (The first grade program is called English Language Arts Enrichment.)
The screening and identification for the first graders is a collaborative effort between the General Education and the Gifted Support Teachers. The program usually begins after the first grading period until the end of the school year.
The screening and identification for the second graders is a collaborative effort between the General Education and the Gifted Support Teachers. The program is approximately 15 sessions occurring during the second semester of the school year.
Grades 3 - 5:
The screening and identification for third through fifth grade utilizes the following criteria:
Teacher assessment of student classroom performance (verbal and written expression)
Achievement test scores in reading comprehension or total reading
Two different quarters of reading grades
The Junior Great Books Program is utilized along with other extensions offered by the Gifted Support teacher at all grade levels. The program is approximately 15 sessions during the school year.