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Gifted and Talented Program

OUR STUDENT-CENTERED PROGRAM has a long history of successfully educating students with a variety of learning strengths and talents.  We believe in meeting our students where they are and providing a program that maximizes intellectual curiosity and develops inherent capacities. The hallmarks of our program, led by our Academic Dean, are:

      

RCDS Program

Benefit

small classes

personalized attention

multi-age classrooms

seamless acceleration or remediation

differentiated instruction, authentic assessments

effective instructional strategies for deep learning

individualized curriculum

individualized response to learning needs

daily extra-curricular enrichment

exposure to topics not covered in curriculum; exploration and discovery of talent

inclusion of music and art as core subjects

balanced cognitive, academic, and personal learning experience

accelerated placements and academic intervention

individualized response to learning needs

personal development support and coordination with service providers

attendance to the pyscho-social needs that impact learning and growth

   

  OUR PROGRAM FOR GIFTED STUDENTS is informed by the following understandings: 

Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains.  Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports). [1]

Giftedness is the manifestation of performance that is clearly at the upper end of the distribution in a talent domain even relative to other high-functioning individuals in that domain. Further, giftedness can be viewed as developmental in that in the beginning stages, potential is the key variable; in later stages, achievement is the measure of giftedness; and in fully developed talents, eminence is the basis on which this label is granted. Psychosocial variables play an essential role in the manifestation of giftedness at every developmental stage. Both cognitive and psychosocial variables are malleable and need to be deliberately cultivated. [2]

We recognize that students whose academic and artistic talents demonstrate an aptitude that is exceptionally higher than that of their peers are best served by a program that engages and challenges their areas of strength and supports their emotional and social development. Our program provides daily ability-based challenge in core content areas and academic enrichment, using topics not addressed in the college preparatory curriculum. We are not a weekend or summer program. And, unlike schools that only serve gifted students, our program allows students with various gifts to socialize with many different kinds of learners-an important requirement for appropriate personal and social development.

For students who are gifted verbally, mathematically, scientifically, and/or spatially, our Gifted and Talented program, led by our Academic Dean and our Gifted and Talented Coordinator, offers the following:

Gifted and Talented Curriculum Differentiation

Benefit

curriculum telescoping

faster completion of a course leading to advanced course or grade placements

curriculum compacting

faster completion of a unit of study allowing for the introduction of more advanced content

self-pacing

 continuous progress acceleration within a course

ability-based academic enrichment

exposure to and challenge with content outside of curriculum

accelerated grade or subject matter placement

ability-based placements

customized projects, assessments, scheduling, credit accrual and graduation requirements

responds to the unique needs of exceptional learners acknowledging aptitude in one or more areas and normative academic placement in others


WE PROVIDE a seamless academic program and age-appropriate peer socialization for students with exceptional academic and/or artistic abilities. The chart below summarizes our programmatic approach to student learning needs.


small classes

multi-age classrooms

grade-level differentiated instruction

individualized curriculum

daily extra-curricular enrichment

inclusion of music and art as core subjects

personal development support and coordination with service providers

accelerated grade or subject matter placements

ability- level curriculum differentiation-telescoping

ability-level curriculum differentiation- compacting

self-pacing

ability-based academic enrichment

customized projects, assessments, scheduling, credit accrual and graduation requirements


Because our college preparatory program provides many accommodations for a variety of learners, admission into our Gifted and Talented Program begins in the 3rd grade and is based on several factors: normed testing (i.e. Cognitive Abilities Test, Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test, Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children), RCDS skills inventory and assessment, teacher observations and recommendations, and parent and student interviews. Our goal is to ensure that the students we accept are a good academic, personal, and social fit for RCDS and that we can successfully educate the learners in our care.  Our Head of School, Academic Dean, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, and Gifted and Talented faculty are trained in dynamic facilitation of group and individual learning for gifted and talented learners and attend local and national conferences to continue their professional development.

For more information or to discuss whether RCDS is a good fit for your child, please call 845-268-6802 or email admissions@rocklandcds.org



[1] “What is Giftedness?”  NAGC.com. National Association for Gifted Children. Accessed 1/16/2014.

[2] Subotnik, Rena, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, and Frank C. Worrel. Rethinking-giftedness-and-gifted-education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science. Psychological Science.org. Association for Psychological Science, 9/15/11. Accessed 1/16/14.

   



Rockland Country Day School   34 Kings Highway Congers, NY 10920   Tel: 845-268-6802
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