Welcome to the Deer Park City School District Gifted Education website. This site will provide helpful information for families regarding identification procedures, service offered across our district related activities and resources to provide further support for parents and students.
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Deer Park's Philosophy of Gifted Education
We believe that the gifted and talented program should provide special services to meet the individual needs of those students who possess unique learning abilities and talents. The program emphasizes the idea that giftedness is not a single dimension of ability but is a multi-dimensional concept. The program focuses on giving students the needed direction in helping them to recognize their specific abilities and to take responsibility for their learning and educational growth.
Consultation: The Gifted Intervention Specialist consults with classroom teachers regarding student needs, providing resources and suggestions related to supporting gifted students in the general education classroom.
Classroom Differentiation: All Deer Park teachers of core subjects are providers of gifted services. They receive professional development in the core competencies of gifted education and differentiate to meet the needs of gifted learners within the general education classroom.
Amity Adventurers: The Amity Adventurers program provides small group enrichment in math and reading to students in grades 2-6. This program is also open to students who are not identified as gifted but could benefit from enrichment at teacher discretion.
Grades 7-12: Students engage in honors and AP level classes.
Gifted Identification in the area of Superior Cognitive Abilities takes place for all students in grades 2 and 5. Students take the InView test in these grades to screen for cognitive giftedness. Students also receive the following tests as whole-grade screeners for specific academic abilities:
MAP 2-5 Reading: Grades 2-5
MAP 2-5 Math: Grades 2-5
MAP 6+ Reading: Grades 6-10
MAP 6+ Math: Grades 6-8
ACT (Math, Reading, Science): Grade 11
Parents, if you would like to have your child tested for gifted identification in grades not universally screened or in an area not screened for, please submit your request by completing the Parent Referral for Gifted Form (online). Gifted testing requests will be completed within 90 days of written referral.