Staff Support: Each building in Thompson School District has a gifted education specialist or gifted education counselor assigned to the building for the express purpose of providing gifted education support, direct instruction, and personal counseling to identified gifted students. Staffing at elementary schools varies from 33% to 67%. Middle schools receive from 50% to 100% FTE from the district for a Gifted and Talented teacher. High schools are staffed with gifted education counselors who work with high ability learners/gifted learners on course selection, college and career choices, and personal counseling issues.
Advanced Learning Plans: All students who are identified as giftedmust have an Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) according to state mandate. These plans are developed around students' identified strength areas. ALPs outline a plan for the student to continue to grow and to learn in his or her area of exceptional ability, creating the opportunity for the gifted learner to experience commensurate academic growth. Advanced Learning Plans are written in conjunction with the student, the parents, the general education teacher(s), and the gifted specialist or gifted counselor. Goals and plans are reviewed annually.
Enrichment: Gifted Education is also supported through Enrichment activities which occur outside of the school day. Enrichment activities may include Destination ImagiNation, Robotics, Spelling Bee, Shadows in the Arts, MathCounts, and Chess Club. Each program is designed to enrich the students' educational experience; it does not supplant classroom instruction. Michelle Stout is the district coordinator for these enrichment opportunities.