Gifted & Talented
- Our Vision and Mission - Advanced Academic & Gifted Services (AAGS)
- Process for Gifted and Talented (GT) Recommendation - Identification & Assessment
- GT Program Framework - Programming
- Advanced Learning Plans (ALP) Timeline and Criteria - Advanced Learning Plans
Meridian's GT Co-cordinators Contact Information:
When is GT testing in my school?
Universal Screening: In Adams 12 Five Star Schools, 2nd and 6th graders who are not already identified GT participate in the Universal Screening process for potential gifted and talented identification. Find more detailed information regarding Universal Screening in the Five Star District.
Important dates for the Universal Screening process at our school:
At Meridian, our 2nd graders will be screened with the NNAT 3 beginning on September 14, 2021.
Parent/Staff/Student GT Recommendation:
Meridian will accept new referrals for student GT evaluation here. After filling this form out, and the referral window closes, referring parents will be emailed the week of Oct. 11 with the online permission form you will need to fill out for your child to be evaluated, as well as a Parent-School Partnership form that can be given to the classroom teacher.
All students can participate in the GT identification process by submitting a complete body of evidence. Find more detailed information regarding the GT recommendation process in the Five Star District.
Referral paperwork must be received by October 5, 2021 (no late requests will be accepted) in order for a student to be evaluated for GT this school year.
The CogAT, or other cognitive assessment, will be administered November 8-9, 2021
Gifted & Talented Program Offerings
Advanced Curriculum & Extended Learning: “The Vehicle”
Provides the depth and complexity needed to ensure meaningful academic growth
Our school offerings include: Classroom teachers create an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) specific to each GT student’s areas of strength. Teachers provide learning opportunities that offer depth and complexity for our advanced learners.
Differentiated Learning Pathways: “The Roadmap”
Provides an education at the appropriate level of readiness and challenge
Our school offerings include: GT students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous in and out of school opportunities that provide academic challenges and choices in their own learning. Some of these opportunities include the library’s MINDStretcher Lab, Spelling Bee, Battle of the Books, Math Olympiad, NaNoWriMo, Choir, Art Club and Student Council.
Individualized Opportunities & Enrichment: “The Customized Options”
Actively engages and motivates through interests and meaningful learning opportunities
Our school offerings include: During the school day, GT student groups are occasionally pulled out for special speakers or activities that enrich their learning and explore different topics. Within the first trimester, we survey our GT students to find out what topics and activities they are most interested in, and tailor some of our programming to meet student interests. During our Thunderbolt Group time, GT students have the opportunity to network with their GT peers on topics and projects of high interest.
Social-Emotional Learning: “The Destination”
Focuses on developing the whole child by balancing empowerment and accountability
Our school offerings include: Each GT student has an Affective Goal within their Advanced Learning Plan. During our Thunderbolt Group time, students are offered chances to explore what it means to be gifted, as well as specific social and emotional needs of a gifted learner. Students are taught about some of the ways their brain processes information differently than others, and what that might mean in terms of working in groups, and getting along with both gifted and non-gifted peers.