Gifted and Talented Programming

Gifted and Talented Program

Academy Charter School (ACS) is dedicated to high-quality gifted/talented and enrichment programming that will serve as a model for other Charter schools in the district, state, and county.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February).

2nd Grade Universal Screen

As part of this process, ALL students in 2nd grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of February 14th.   This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  

If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 

Kindergarten/ 1st Grade Gifted Identification Referral Testing

If your child is in K or 1st  grade and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process. 

NOTE:  Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification.  Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE. Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.

Meet the ACS Gifted and Talented Team

Melinda Kennedy is the GT Facilitator and the GT program lead. She has 25 years of teaching experience and has worked with students as a classroom teacher, a technology specialist, and a gifted and talented teacher. Melinda joined ACS in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and the Gifted Education Specialist endorsement.  

Contact: kennedym@academycharter.org

Hillary Fendrich is the Enrichment Teacher. She works with kindergarten through eighth grade. Hillary joined ACS in 2015. She has a Bachelor's degree in Geology, a Master's degree in Elementary Education, and a Science Endorsement, 7-12. She is an ACS alumni. 

Contact:
fendrichh@academycharter.org

Please click through the tabs below to learn more about:
-Gifted and Talented Definition
-Gifted Identification
-Programing objectives
-Opportunities for Gifted Students
-Resources

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