TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAMMING

(for students who are identified for the talented and gifted program)

The Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program at Ottumwa High School “services students who require instruction and educational services commensurate with their abilities and beyond those provided by the regular school program.”  (Iowa code 257.44).  Students demonstrate achievement or potential ability in the following areas:  general intellectual ability, creative thinking, leadership ability, visual and performing arts ability, and specific ability aptitude.  All students identified for the TAG program will have an individual conference with the TAG teacher at least once per year. 

Acceleration
Acceleration for highly able students involves moving a student through the traditional educational organization more quickly.  This may include such practices as differentiation in the classroom, grade level acceleration, acceleration in a particular content area(s), concurrent enrollment in two grades, credit by examination, dual enrollment in high school and college, or early entrance into college.  While no acceleration policy or process has been articulated by the Ottumwa Community School District, this type of discussion can be initiated through the gifted education facilitator, teachers of the specific coursework being considered for acceleration, the student’s counselor, parents or guardian, and the principal.  In order to make decisions about personal acceleration and the extent of acceleration, a student can articulate a desire for seeking an acceleration option through the gifted education facilitator at Ottumwa High School.

TAG – STEM CHALLENGES: 
Grades 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=See Below

Prerequisite: Student must be identified for the talented and gifted program.

This course will be for students who have been identified for the talented and gifted program and who desire enrichment through STEM activities.  This class will feature hands-on activities for students who enjoy projects that involve designing, programming, and building.  Activities in this course can include, but are not limited to: coding, computer programming, designing and building (such as Makerspace), Invention Convention, science and engineering projects, and Genius Hour. #2912

TAG – BOOK CLUB: 
Grades 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=See Below

Prerequisite: Student must be identified for the talented and gifted program.

This course will be for students who have been identified for the talented and gifted program and who desire enrichment through literature.  This class will feature literature circles and socratic seminars.  Activities in this course can include, but are not limited to: reading a diverse array of literature, critiquing texts and posting reviews, and engaging in rich discussions about a variety of books, poetry, short stories, and articles. #2913

TAG – GLOBAL ISSUES AND CURRENT EVENTS: 
Grades 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=See Below

Prerequisite: Student must be identified for the talented and gifted program.

This course will be for students who have been identified for the talented and gifted program and who desire enrichment through a study of global issues and current events.  This class will feature activities that introduce students to problems and events in a global context.  The course will inform students about current political, economic, social, and ecological concerns and encourage them to think divergently about these issues.  Activities in this course can include, but are not limited to: reading or watching a diverse array of news sources, facilitating discussions about current events or controversial topics, or complete a service learning project. #2914

TAG – INDEPENDENT STUDY: 
Grades 10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=See Below

Prerequisite: Student must be identified for the talented and gifted program.  Student must also complete a project proposal before they will be enrolled in this course.

This course will be for students who have been identified for the talented and gifted program and who desire enrichment through a self-directed study.  This class will allow students to learn independently by selecting a topic they want to learn more about, creating their own curriculum, and designing their own final product.  Students will be responsible for developing a project proposal, adhering to a timeline, keeping a weekly log of activities, and making a final product of their own choosing.  Independent studies can include, but are not limited to: creative writing pieces, musical compositions, History Day projects, Great Courses, or service learning activities. #2915

ONLINE ADVANCED PLACEMENT: 
Grade 11-12, Semester/Year=1/2 CR, Prerequisite=See Below

Prerequisite:  Student must be identified for the talented and gifted program. Student must submit a completed readiness checklist and receive approval from the secondary TAG facilitator before they will be enrolled in this course. 

Advanced Placement courses are available through a variety of online learning institutions. Students are limited to one course per student per semester.  Additional courses can be taken at the student’s expense. #29040