Gifted Program: RISE
Our Philosophy for Gifted Students
Our goal at Legacy Traditional School is to help every student to develop to his or her fullest potential. Gifted students come to school with advanced knowledge and exceptional learning capabilities. When engaged in high quality, academically challenging activities, these students develop their unique abilities, maintain their passion for learning, and contribute to the strength and vitality of their school community.
What is R.I.S.E.?
The R.I.S.E. (Recognizing Individual Student Excellence) gifted program is open to students in grades 1-8 who meet eligibility requirements. The students are challenged to collaborate on specific goals involving critical thinking and problem solving activities through exploratory units that include all disciplines across the curriculum and meet the needs of their particular areas of giftedness.
Identification and Placement
Students who have been previously identified as gifted students do not need to re-qualify for gifted status upon enrolling in Legacy Traditional School, providing they can supply the documentation. Students may be referred for gifted screening/testing by parents, teachers, and/or qualified professional staff of Legacy Traditional School. Screening and testing to identify potential new gifted students – using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) – will be completed three times during the school year. Students who score at or above the 97th percentile in one of the three areas assessed – verbal, quantitative, or non-verbal – are given the opportunity to be served in the gifted program.
Our gifted teachers focus on the Webbs Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Guide, which provides a frame of reference when considering how students engage with higher-level learning content. DOK offers a common language to understand “rigor,” or cognitive demand, in assessments, as well as curricular units, lessons, and tasks.
Gifted Class Schedule
Students in grades 1 and 2 are offered pullout services of up to one hour per week. Pullout services of up to two hours per week are available to students in grades 3-6.
Students who qualify for the program in grades 7 and 8 are offered the opportunity to participate in the gifted program during the regular school day by enrolling in the gifted class as an elective (as long as the class meets minimum enrollment). In the absence of a gifted elective, pullout services of up to two hours per week will be available. Class times at all grade levels are determined by the gifted teacher.
“As a gifted student, we knew our son needed to be challenged academically. My son is a testament to how a consistent, structured environment, along with an amazing teacher, brings out the best in a child. He is actually excited about learning and feels like a valuable contributor in the classroom.”
– Melanie Watts, parent