• Students Entering Kindergarten – 3rd Grade:

    The Edgewater School District is committed to enriching the learning experience of all students. In grades K – 3, every student has the opportunity to be challenged and enriched through whole-class lessons.


    Whole Class Instruction:

            1.  Lessons provided during whole class instruction aid in the early identification of gifted learners

            2.  Various skill levels are presented to allow observation of individual achievement of skills during early stages of   

            3.  Behavioral checklists are used for each thinking skill which allows for detailed identification of students’ strengths

            4.  Every student has an opportunity to show his or her potential

            5.  All students benefit from the higher-level thinking skills lessons and activities

            6.  Higher-level thinking skills presented in the enrichment program such as convergent analysis, divergent synthesis, and 
               critical evaluation are the problem-solving strategies that are critical for all children to know and feel comfortable using
    their lives


    Students Entering Grades 4 – 6:

    Currently Enrolled Students:
    Eligibility for enrichment is evaluated on a yearly basis. All students enrolled in the Enrichment Program for the prior school year will be given a cognitive abilities test for the upcoming school year, and then every other year after that, to determine continued eligibility in the program.  Additional criteria that must be met for continued eligibility includes: 

             1. Advanced proficiency score on state tests in both mathematics and language arts literacy 

             2.  Parent and teacher recommendation

             3.  Report card grade requirements

    Newly Identified Students:

    Students are identified at the end of the year by meeting the report card grade requirements and receiving teacher recommendation. These students will be evaluated in the fall of the next school year after review of state test scores. If all of the requirements are met, cognitive testing will be administered and the criteria for currently enrolled students will apply.

    Students new to the district

    Students who are new to the district in September of a given year qualify to take the cognitive test for enrichment eligibility at  mid-year (after second marking period) if they meet the following criteria:

    1.  Student scored in the high advanced proficient range on previous year's state testing in both mathematics and language arts literacy

                2.  Student obtained grade criteria: all O’s or A’s in the first and second marking period

                3.  Student has parent and current teacher’s recommendation (effort, works to potential, etc.)


    Program Resources

    Resources used in the enrichment program include, but are not limited to:

    • PETS (Primary Education Thinking Skills) Program – a systematized enrichment and diagnostic thinking skills program that is aligned with the taxonomy of Benjamin Bloom and correlates activities with multiple intelligences as defined by Howard Gardner.
    • Junior Great Books – a program of higher literacy that provides students with many opportunities to interact with thought-provoking stories as they develop their reading, writing, oral communication, and critical-thinking skills.
    • ‘Wonders’ Series – provides hands-on, discovery-based, research-oriented activities that are cross-curricular. Differentiated strategies allow students to demonstrate knowledge through practical applications.
    • Letters About Literature - a national reading and writing program that asks students to write letters to authors whose books have made a difference in their lives. State and national recognition is awarded for outstanding personal and reflective writing about the importance of written works in the lives of young readers.
    • Readers’ Theater - a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures that make comprehending the text meaningful and fun for the students.
    • County/State/National competitions/contests
    • Technology-based research projects
    • Lego Club School Edition
    • Glogster
    • Scholastic-based national contests (such as novel study Diary of a Wimpy Kid: students suggested ideas to author for future plot-lines)
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • Monster Exchange (on-line collaboration)
    • “Google Earth” projects