Enrichment Pull-Out Classes
Elementary Enrichment Classes are designed to address the unique intellectual and affective needs of academically and intellectually gifted students. The depth, breadth, and pace at which learning takes place are different from that of the regular classroom.
Classes meet approximately one-half day each week and provide an opportunity for gifted students to be with other students who learn, think and perceive in the same way they do.
Teaching units are based on a theme or concept allowing in-depth learning that incorporates higher level thinking, problem solving, and research skills, and both creative and critical thinking. Many classroom activities are student-selected and encourage self-direction in learning.
Each middle school offers enrichment as an elective course. The enrichment class is taught by a teacher who specializes in gifted and talented education. The subject matter varies from school to school and year to year, but is differentiated to meet the needs of gifted learners in content, process and product. In the past there have been classes in rocketry, ecology, mock trial, Shakespeare, and future studies (just to name a few).
Middle School Enrichment
Middle schools offer Pre-AP courses in mathematics beginning in the 6th grade and English beginning in the 8th grade. Other opportunities at the middle schools include but are not limited to: Proficiency Based Promotion, independent study, curriculum compacting, special groupings, dual enrollment with a high school, creative and academic competitions, and the Duke Talent Search.
All three of the high schools offer a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP classes. Students who score well on the AP test provided by the College Board and given at the end of the school year receive high school and college credit for these courses. Click on these sites for information concerning what AP test scores transfer for credit: (check with college admissions office as these are subject to change)
AP Credit at OU - www.ou.edu/admrec/app.html
AP Credit at OSU - http://admissions.okstate.edu/CreditByExamination.pdf
AP Credit at UCO - http://www.edmond.k12.ok.us/GT/UCO%20AP%20Credit.htm
Other opportunities at the high schools include but are not limited to:
Proficiency Based Promotion
Concurrent enrollment with a university
Creative and academic competitions
The Professional Internship Program provides talented high school seniors opportunities to learn at advanced levels. A student is able to experience a career field in a professional way as the protégé of an expert. By working with a professional in the field of his/her choice, a student is able to learn from the knowledge and expertise of their mentor. He/she also has an opportunity to get a realistic view of a career in which he/she has an interest.
The student will spend eight hours a week for about sixteen weeks with their mentor. This time is used to discuss issues in the field, the details of a project, and training required for the profession.
The program allows the student to apply talents in a "real world" setting. It also leads to intellectual stimulation, broadening and focusing of talents, and clarification of educational and career aspirations.
The Professional Internship Program is a one-semester course designed to allow the student to earn up to 2 credits (one unit). To receive credit the student must maintain a high level of performance in the program. Students are required to keep an observation/experience journal of their daily activities at the business site with their professional mentor on four days out of the week and to attend a weekly seminar that will include field trips, guest speakers, career aptitude inventories, interpersonal skill development and public speaking. Intern students will do research and complete a project individually designed to enhance their knowledge of their career interest area. Students are selected for the program through a four-step process including application/essay, teacher recommendation, student transcripts, and interview.
Students interested in applying or receiving more information can contact their school counselor, the district's office of gifted and talented, or the district's career guidance counselor.