By Mamon Gibson.
When beginning to develop a long-range academic plan for the education of your gifted child, find out if your school offers any of the following options as you look at available elementary gifted programs.
· Homogeneous or ability grouping with intellectual peers
· Full-Time program, including all subject areas for a full school year or one or two subject areas for a full year
· In class cluster program for gifted students in a heterogeneous classroom
· Part-Time (Pull-out or Resource program) one day for several hours per week
Differentiation of Instruction
· Appropriate pacing. How much time is spent learning new concepts or new content?
· Varying levels of content to be studied
· Enrichment. Are there options for broadening the scope of the curriculum and/or increasing the depth of study?
· Early entrance to any level of schooling
· Grade skipping, faster progress through the grades (e.g. completion of grades 1 through 8 in 6 or 7 years)
· Telescoping, compacting two years of study into one year
Access to High School or Advanced Content Programs
· International Baccalaureate Programmes (Primary Years, grades 1- 8; Middle Years, grades 6-10; Diploma, grades 11-12)
· Advanced Placement Program, college level courses while still in high school
· Dual Enrollment, early access to college content
· Early Entrance to College
Other Programmatic Options
· Distance Learning
· Summer Programs