The purpose of the Gifted Support Program in grades K-12 is to provide an appropriate educational experience for individual students who possess high academic potential. Children will work in curricular materials provided by the district with opportunities to enrich, enhance or compact learning. Higher level thinking skills are fostered through acceleration, enrichment and enhancement of the regular curriculum.
Classroom teachers and support teachers will provide activities and materials commensurate with the abilities of the Gifted Support students. Higher ability students require faster-paced instruction in regular grade level materials. Beyond vertical and horizontal enrichment of the regular curriculum, students will be invited to engage in activities that develop analytical and evaluative thinking. Gifted Support in the regular classroom will be augmented through Gifted Support Resource teachers who devote their time and energy to obtaining materials and arranging out-of class experiences in areas of giftedness, talent, or interest.
The South Side Area School District has an on-going screening process to identify students in need of special services and specially designed instruction. Individual screening as needed takes place throughout the school year. For more information on this program and how to go about having a child screened for the gifted program contact Mrs. Shroads at (724) 573-9581, ext. 2612.