EXPLORING NEW DIRECTIONS IN ENRICHMENT: 2ND-8TH GRADE
The mission of our Enrichment Program is to assist parents and classroom teachers in providing gifted and advanced students with intellectually-enhanced, biblically-based educational experiences. Students are selected for participation based on achievement testing, classroom observation and teacher recommendation. In second through fifth grades, our goal is to encourage advanced students in the development of their unique abilities through scheduled, grade-level enrichment classes using inquiry-based lessons and instruction, as well as collaborative projects in science, meteorology, civics, history, and literature. Grade-level enrichment classes meet weekly and use accelerated materials for cross-curricular, project-based instruction. In sixth through eighth grades, enrichment focuses on the growth and development of written and oral communication skills in special opportunities during writing seminars.
Another exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program we offer is Rocketry Club. Rocketry Club meets once a month and is registered for the Team America Rocket Challenge.
Other enrichment activities include whole class enrichment opportunities and school-wide creative writing opportunities. There is no cost for participation in enrichment class.
Qualified students in second through fourth grades may also participate math enrichment, small groups. Fifth and sixth grade math enrichment is integrated into our accelerated math classes. Seventh and eighth grade math enrichment is offered through the opportunity to take Algebra 1 and Geometry for high school credit.
Learn more about our Enrichment program below.
EARLY FINISHERS: Grades 2-4
Enrichment instruction is designed as in-class activities (advanced math problems, language arts activities, logic puzzles, etc.) for those who complete their assignments early. These are students that are quick learners and can finish tasks early but still are learning how to apply their skills in other ways that demonstrate above average grade level understanding of math and language arts concepts.
STEM/CREATIVE PROJECT LEARNERS: Grades 2-4
The Enrichment teacher plans a class project that all students can participate in. This allows for the teacher to observe and evaluate students’ ability to reason. These students are not always the students that complete tasks early but they demonstrate computational thinking and are learning how to tell others about their problem-solving strategies.
ADVANCED LEARNER: Grades 3-4
Students are provided accelerated cross-curricular learning activities outside the basic curriculum for students in grades 3 – 4. An advanced learner in this program demonstrates above average achievement test scores and quarterly reports in Language Arts. The students at this level are challenged through project-based learning. The Enrichment teacher guides these students as they independently refine their skills in reading, research, reasoning and writing.
ADVANCED LEARNER: Grades 5-8
Students are provided accelerated cross-curricular learning activities outside the basic curriculum with a strong emphasis on Language Arts (Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Rhetoric) for students in grades 5 – 8. An advanced learner in this program demonstrates above average achievement test scores and quarterly reports in Language Arts. The students at this level are challenged through project-based learning. The Enrichment teacher guides these students as they independently refine their skills in reading, research, reasoning and writing. Students will be challenged to present their projects in a public forum (all-school presentation, local museum display, journal publication, public speaking address, virtual field trip on website, etc.).