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Designed to challenge our high performing students and raise the rigor of instruction for all, the enrichment curriculum for Woodbury elementary schools is multi-layered and robust. Different levels of service are provided to students in different tiers. Acceleration through and the compacting of curriculum for advanced students, are foundational tenets of the program.
In kindergarten, first, and second grades, gifted students are pulled out by the Enrichment Teacher and given instruction through the Primary Education Thinking Skills program (P.E.T.S) on a set schedule throughout the school year. Lessons are presented in convergent analysis, divergent synthesis, visual/spatial thinking, and evaluation.
In third, fourth, and fifth grades, gifted students participate in three independent cross-curricular projects that are designed to stretch their thinking. Students may choose to participate in all the projects or just in an area that the child excels. The Enrichment Teacher facilitates these endeavors.
The projects include:
Additionally, all third, fourth, and fifth graders are provided full class enrichment lessons delivered by the Enrichment Teacher. During these sessions, students explore various science and social studies topics with hands-on lessons and technology-based assignments. Students also learn the basics of computer programming with individualized lessons on computer science throughout the year.
Identification for the enrichment program is based upon a multiple measures scoring matrix. Students, who have already demonstrated above average performance in class, as well as creativity and observable academic curiosity, will be placed on a watch list for possible giftedness. They will be evaluated on the matrix using reading and math benchmarks, teacher input, and parent input. If the student’s score reaches a certain threshold they will be administered the SAGES 2 gifted screening test to determine final eligibility within the pull-out portion of the enrichment program.
Woodbury prides itself on personalizing the educational experiences for every student. Challenging each child with content-rich, thought-provoking, and inspiring programming suited to meet their needs is vital. The enrichment curriculum goes a long way toward that goal.