Academic Enrichment

Creating space for academically talented students to be challenged and grow. 

Philosophy Statement

The Enrichment Program recognizes these gifts and serves the needs of academically talented students through a curriculum that is qualitatively different; in content, fluency, depth, and speed.  Enrichment students thrive in a faster-paced environment alongside like-learners with a curriculum focused on divergent thinking, creative problem solving, and higher level thinking skills.

Each unit of study integrates the Christian worldview and encourages students to develop a humble spirit and an appreciation of others.

“Do not think of yourselves more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourselves with sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”
                          Romans 12:3

Learning to unwrap and identify their God-given gifts empowers students to serve God’s kingdom in their family, school, and community.

…we have different gifts, according to the grace given us.

-Romans 12:6b

 

Program Details

The major component of the program is a weekly pull-out class serving academically talented students in second through sixth grade.  A variety of integrated units of study require students to use higher level thinking skills while participating in hands-on, open-ended activities.

Core Students 4th – 6th
Students qualify as “core” Enrichment students by placing in the 95th percentile on their combined composite score from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Core students may attend all of the units for their grade level, with teacher approval.  Students can also qualify as core with an IQ score of 132 or higher, taken within the last three years.

Revolving Students
Students who have demonstrated particular strengths, talents, or interest in the subject matter of a particular unit may be revolved into a unit as recommended by their classroom teacher.

Math 
Math Enrichment is focused on problem-solving for students in 2nd-6th grade.  Understanding various problem-solving strategies and learning to choose the best one are important skills stressed in this program.  Students are selected by recommendation from the classroom teacher.

Independent Learners
The Independent Learner component is designed for students who are able to take initiative, work independently, and follow through on projects. Eligible students at 3rd and 4th grade will research a topic of their choice, write a report, and prepare a PowerPoint presentation.  Students in 5th and 6th grades have the opportunity to run a student newspaper.