Gifted Programming at Kruse
Kruse aligns with the Poudre School District (PSD) definition, purpose, and vision for gifted and talented:
Gifted children means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations.
Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:
To recognize and nurture the development of exceptional abilities so that all gifted students demonstrate positive self-esteem, high-level thinking and creative productivity.
All gifted Poudre School District youth are identified by their strength areas and needs. Educational programming is designed and implemented to match their identified needs. Student progress and achievement is monitored through on-going dynamic assessment. Teachers of gifted students participate in professional development to increase knowledge, skills and understanding of gifted students and required instruction.
The Kruse staff believes that gifted and talented students need appropriate instruction all day, not just during certain grades or a few hours each week. That's why Kruse teachers, instructional paraprofessionals, and the GT site coordinator work together to
meet the needs of GT students through differentiation in the regular classroom, advanced classes, and enrichment opportunities.
Classroom teachers at all grade levels differentiate instruction to meet the needs of learners. This may include small-group literacy instruction, ability grouping for math, menu activities, and enrichment opportunities. Please talk to your child's classroom teacher for more specific information about the differentiated instruction your child receives.
Kruse offers multiple pathways in mathematics to meet the needs of diverse learners. Depending on their grade level and demonstrated need, high-achieving and gifted students may be placed in a high-achieving grade-level math class or an accelerated-paced math class.
Advanced reading classes are a programming option for gifted students in fourth and fifth grades.
In addition, Kruse offers many extra-curricular activities, including
These enrichment opportunities, although open to all interested students in participating grades, extend the programming opportunities for students with gifts and talents in the variety of areas—math, language arts, creativity, leadership, music, and art—that PSD recognizes. More information about these enrichment opportunities can be found in Programs or by clicking on each activity above.
You may also download a summary of gifted programming at Kruse.
If you have questions about gifted programming at Kruse, please contact Emily Vangermeersch, Kruse's gifted education specialist.