The secondary gifted program seeks to develop an understanding of rigor and depth in self-directed academic endeavors. Participating students will complete one original, long-term project per year. Student will begin developing their Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) with the Gifted Coordinator the first 30 days of a school year and set an initial goal regarding a project. A student will choose this project based on his/her own interests and it should address topics that are outside or beyond the curriculum. Periodically there will be group meetings of students (monthly for middle school students, quarterly for high school students). During the group meetings, students will discuss and troubleshoot their projects with other students. Also, the Gifted Coordinator and students will create a rubric for the development and evaluation of each project. Rubrics will cover such elements as timelines for original research, development of ideas, presentation, oral practice, audio-visual components, etc. Students will be instructed in Bloom's Taxonomy to help develop expectations of academic rigor. The last group meeting of the school year will be used for project presentations.
Students will not receive school credit or a grade on their transcripts for participating. However, completed projects may be included in the middle school resume, college applications, or Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Students may receive credit on extended classroom assignments as teachers see fit.