Exceptional Students Department

Gifted Support

All students who are identified as mentally gifted receive gifted support that, at a minimum, includes preparation of an I.E.P. and contact with the gifted support teacher. The overwhelming majority of mentally gifted students elect to participate in the ENCORE program that offers supplemental intervention for approximately 5% of school time throughout the year.

#502 Encore (Grades 9 & 10) #503 Encore (Grades 11 & 12)

½ Credit ½ Credit

The ENCORE program is designed to meet the needs of students who are eligible and in need of enrichment and/or an accelerated course study. The curriculum includes opportunities for creative writing simulations, philosophical discussions, public speaking, computer assisted learning, career exploration, critical thinking challenges and research. Opportunities for job shadowing, independent projects, field trips, and participation in academic games are available. The extent to which the student participates in the program is determined at the IEP meeting. The student can design his or her own individual learning experience.

Pre-requisite – Student is determined to be eligible and in need of Gifted Support according to Pennsylvania Regulations and Standards. This course is not graded and does not factor into a student’s GPA.

#080 (a or c) Assessment Mathematics (Grades 9 - 12) 1 credit

In this course, students apply basic math skills such as time and money and use of basic operations in everyday life situations. Calculators, computers, and manipulatives will be utilized. Admittance to this course is only through recommendation of a Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation.

704 (9,A or C) Developmental Reading (Grades 9 – 12) 1 credit

This course emphasizes communication skills needed to participate in the home and community. The course includes instruction and activities to prepare students for post-secondary transition. MDE referral process is required to enroll in this course.

#745 Transition to Careers 1 credit

This course is designed to meet the transition component of the IEP.Students will explore post-secondary education, career, living and work options in anticipation of graduation.Open to 11th and 12th grade students only by recommendation of the IEP team.