High School Spectra

High School Service Model
Gifted education at the high school level is a multi-format program designed to meet the diverse academic and emotional needs of gifted students. High school Spectra is a self-directed opportunity for students to explore or expand their skills and learning interests. Students are expected to select, peruse, and complete an in-depth study of professional quality in an area of interest. In addition to preparing the study, students are expected to participate in group and individual activities focused on research skills, communication, critical thinking, personal growth, and creativity. Spectra at the high school level is designed to meet the unique and diverse intellectual, emotional, and social needs of gifted students.

The following options are designed to fulfill the varying scheduling demands of high school:

Spectra for Credit
Prerequisites: Meet state guidelines for admission into the gifted program. This course is designed to meet the unique and diverse intellectual, emotional and social needs of gifted individuals. All academic areas are open for exploration as enrichment to the student’s existing course schedule. Students are expected to select, pursue, and complete a research project of professional quality in an area of interest. In addition to preparing the project, students are expected to participate in group and individual activities focused on communication, critical thinking, personal growth and creativity.

Spectra – Honors Credit
Prerequisites: Meet state guidelines for admission into the gifted program; one semester of high school gifted credit; and approval of the gifted education specialist. This course is designed to meet the unique and diverse intellectual, emotional and social needs of gifted individuals. All academic areas are open for exploration as enrichment to the student’s existing course schedule. Students are expected to select, pursue, and complete a yearlong research project of professional quality. During the first quarter, students will develop an in-depth proposal for this project and acquire a mentor to guide them through the area of study. Only if the student’s proposal is deemed to be of the highest quality by a selected professional committee will the student become eligible to receive honors points. Upon completion of the project the committee will convene again to critique the work and presentation. In addition to preparing the project, students are expected to participate in group activities focused on communication, critical thinking, personal growth and creativity. Student and parent must sign an agreement contract. 


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