Academically Gifted & Talented
Anita Winstead, Gifted Resource Teacher
The Academically Gifted and Talented Program provides differentiated, inquiry-based, and authentic educational experiences commensurate with the interests, abilities, and needs of the gifted and talented learner.
Students who are identified as possessing a demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in any of the five areas of giftedness: general intellectual aptitude, specific academic aptitude, creative or divergent thinking, psychosocial or leadership skills, or skills in the visual or performing arts.
The Gifted Resource teacher works with Gifted and Advance Program students (grades four and five) and students in the Academic Talent Pool (grades one through three) in the gifted classroom two to three days a week.
All identified students participate in critical-thinking lessons and enrichment activities that investigate advanced topics in math, science, social studies, and literacy. Students learn the value of using Bloom's Taxonomy to generate higher-level thinking and to improve problem-solving skills.
Leadership, service learning, independent study, and the arts are emphasized in the gifted classroom. Community partnerships provide authentic educational experiences for these students as well. Students identified as gifted qualify for extra services from the Gifted Resource Teacher.
All teachers at King provide excellent shared-inquiry lessons with Junior Great Books, accelerated math lessons, and differentiated instruction in all content areas with the support of the Renzulli Learning System, which profiles student interests and learning styles.
Gifted students at King are identified through their outstanding intellectual capabilities, academic aptitudes, and/or creative abilities. Students in grades one through five are administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) during the fall.
Students must have a score of 24 or higher to qualify as gifted. Advance Program students must have a score of 21 to 23. These students are identified by their general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, divergent thinking, psychosocial or leadership skills, and/or skills in the visual or performing arts.
A combination of informal assessments is used to determine placement in the Primary Academic Talent Pool (grades one through three).
Formal identification of students in grades four and five includes a combination of formal and informal measures, specific to the five categories of giftedness.
- Provide a challenging academic program with authentic learning experiences
- Provide strategies for higher-level thinking and effective problem solving
- Create an open, nurturing educational environment
- Develop student leaders with respect and compassion for others in our local and global communities
- Promote aesthetic appreciation and creativity through exploration of the arts
Student requirements for application to the King Elementary Academically Gifted and Talented Magnet Program include the following:
- Primary students choose from three story-starter pictures.
- Intermediate students choose from one of three open-ended questions.
- Students take a grade-level mathematics computation and a problem-solving test.
A written letter of recommendation from the student’s parent and the student’s current classroom teacher must accompany all applications as well as a copy of the student’s current report card. (Parents may want to express how/why their child would benefit from our program.)
For questions, call 485-8285.
Academically Gifted and Talented Magnet Program
King Elementary School
4325 Vermont Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40211