The Enrichment Resource Program: A Parent's Guide

Smyth County's program for the gifted is designed to ensure quality education appropriate to the unique abilities, talents, and aptitudes innate within each child. Smyth County strives to identify students with advanced aptitude or conceptualization beyond their age peers. An identification process is designed to ensure the identification of gifted students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Procedures are constructed to allow for an equitable representation of students from various backgrounds including those whose accurate identification may be affected by economic disadvantages, limited English proficiency, or by disability. A pull out enrichment program is offered to students in grades three through seven. Classes are populated by fully identified gifted students; subject area identified gifted students, and Revolving Door students, which are students who exhibit high ability in a core academic area.

Services for Identified Gifted Students:

Kindergarten - Second Grade: Students are observed, monitored, and identified through testing and multiple criteria. Students identified as gifted are served through differentiation in the regular classroom setting.

Third - Seventh Grade: Students are observed, monitored, and identified through testing and multiple criteria. Students identified as gifted are served through differentiation in the regular classroom setting as well as the weekly pull out enrichment program.

Eight - Twelfth Grade: Students are observed, monitored, and identified through testing and multiple criteria. Students identified as gifted are served through differentiation in the regular classroom as well as college preparatory classes, dual credit classes, advanced placement classes, and honors classes. Identified gifted students do not need additional work on top of the regular classroom assignments. Instead, differences in instruction should be based on the child's individual learning needs.

Process used to determine participation in the Revolving Door Program: Identified gifted students will automatically participate in the pull out enrichment program in the area(s) in which they are identified. Students who are not identified as gifted but are considered potential candidates for the Revolving Door Program are referred by the classroom teacher. Classroom teachers are asked to recommend students based on classroom performance, SOL scores, and observation. Students should demonstrate a high level of task commitment, independence, self motivation, and creativity. Students recommended by classroom teachers must meet the required 80th percentile on the Revolving Door Matrix. Students with the highest qualifying percentages will fill the slots until the class is full.

Children qualifying for the Enrichment Pull-Out Program are able to function at an academically accelerated pace. Students are not penalized in the regular classroom for participation in the program. Students are given opportunity to make-up missed assignments. Regular classroom teachers are asked to be sensitive regarding the work students are required to make-up. Students will only be asked to complete work that is essential for understanding. If you have questions or concerns regarding the work your child misses while in the enrichment resource program, please contact your child's classroom teacher and the Enrichment Resource Teacher.

If your child is identified as gifted there are many things you can do in order to encourage your child's growth of knowledge and success.