Gifted and Talented Program Information
The Gifted and Talented Program at Hazen School District is based upon Program Approval Standards set forth by the Arkansas Department of Education.
DEFINTION OF GIFTED & TALENTED
The state of Arkansas defines gifted and talented children and youth as those of high potential or ability whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services. Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through interactions of above average intellectual ability, task commitment and/or motivation, and creative ability.
The mission of the Gifted and Talented Program for Hazen School District is to provide differentiated education and services for meeting the unique needs of gifted, talented, and creative students in our schools.
GIFTED PROGRAM AT HAZEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades K-5) & GIFTED PROGRAM AT HAZEN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)
Whole group Enrichment lessons are provided for all students in grades Kindergarten through three one time per week by the G.T. facilitator. Students in grades four through six who have been identified as gifted and talented participate in a pull-out program in which the students work on critical and creative thinking, communication, and research skills. The students choose a topic of interest and conduct in-depth, independent or group project. Some projects will advance to compete in a regional project fair sponsored by Wilbur D. Mills Educational Cooperative. Students in grades seven and eight meet with the G.T. facilitator at various times throughout the year. Content area teachers also provide differentiation for these students in the core academic classes to further meet their needs.
GIFTED PROGRAM AT HAZEN HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)
Students in grades nine through twelve meet with the G.T. facilitator at various times throughout the year. Students identified as gifted and talented have the opportunity to pursue a curriculum filled with Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses. These courses help to prepare students for college. Advanced Placement classes are offered in the core areas. These high ability learners at the high school level also have the opportunity to participate in concurrent courses.