Unit 4 Gifted Programming
Champaign Unit 4 School District offers gifted programs at five of our twelve elementary campuses. As part of the program, each of these five campuses include a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade gifted classroom, in addition to their K-5 general education classrooms. We value the exceptional abilities that exist in our diverse population of students whom hail from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Programming opportunities for students who are academically gifted have been a necessary part of the well-rounded educational experience we provide. We recognize the responsibility to identify, develop, and grow each student to reach their fullest potential. With the collaborative efforts of teachers, parents, community members, and administrators, we are able to use a student-centered approach to provide differentiated instructional practices, strategies, and academic experiences that challenge our students.
- To identify students that have the potential to demonstrate exceptional abilities that require educational services whose needs require instructional practices and curricula that is beyond what is delivered in a general education setting.
- To teach students how to navigate the challenges having a disparity between their intellectual and social-emotional development.
- To expose the diverse abilities levels of our students to those with varying ability levels through opportunities for collaboration.
- To incorporate differentiated instruction into the learning environment that requires students to build capacity in working both independently and collaboratively.
- To support the district’s commitment to providing access and opportunity to historically underserved populations.
Academically gifted and talented students are provided educational experiences appropriate to their level of ability. With an emphasis on rigor, students are academically challenged in an accelerated curriculum (one grade level above) that provides a higher degree of complexity, flexible grouping, curriculum compacting, pacing, and differentiated content, process, and/or products. Currently our programs are housed at Booker T. Washington, Dr. Howard, Garden Hill, Kenwood, and Stratton elementary schools.
All 1st grade students will be administered the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) during this week. For specific dates and times, please contact the campus. This test is typically administered the last week of October. Make-ups typically occur the following week.
*1st grade families should have completed a pre-approval form at registration.
Families are typically notified of the NNAT results the first or second week of December. Students who scored in the 80th percentile or above are offered further testing to be eligible for our gifted classrooms. During this month, there will be a parent informational meeting which reviews the process, and program options offered at our campuses.
Families of 1st grade students who did not score above the 80th percentile must request additional testing by contacting Addie Williams in the Elementary Teaching and Learning Department by first week of January. Families of 2nd-4th grade students who are interested in gifted testing must submit an application to participate (due the first week of January). Gifted testing begins the 3rd week of January. This test includes three components: Verbal, Non-verbal, and Quantitative. For specific times and dates please contact the school.
Gifted testing is typically completed by the first week of February. Gifted Qualifying Letters will be mailed to families the second week of February. Families that qualify will be notified and asked to identify and prioritize campuses they would be interested in attending. Submitting an Interest Form is not a commitment to the program or campus. It is merely an expression of interest in gifted programming and identifies campuses they might consider as their choice. These letters are typically due the second-third week of February. Families are encouraged to visit campuses that house gifted programs during the Schools of Choice Tours.
Assignment/Acceptance Letters are mailed out to families around the first week of March. This informs the families of the option they have for gifted programming. Families are again encouraged to visit their assigned campus during the Schools of Choice Tours. Acceptance Letters are typically due to the Teaching and Learning department by the last week of March.