At each of our six elementary schools, a Gifted & Talented coordinator offers comprehensive, individualized opportunities for our high-achieving students in kindergarten through sixth-grade. This gives Hopkins' gifted students the opportunity to discover and nurture their potential in an environment that is both challenging and supportive.
Hopkins Gifted & Talented Services, in conjunction with other academic departments and classroom teachers, strives to meet the needs of its most capable students through a variety of services (read more about our levels of services). Gifted & Talented Services are provided to students in both the traditional classroom and in the "pull-out" Gifted & Talented classroom.
All teachers provide rigorous, challenging curriculum for each student. Classroom teachers are the first line in providing differentiated curriculum and opportunities for all students to grow at their own levels. The Gifted & Talented Services coordinators support classroom teachers by providing additional experiences and/or curriculum for students showing high potential and need for additional challenge.
The Gifted & Talented Services staff works in partnership with classroom teachers and oversees support staff to provide Enriched Literacy and Math activities designed to meet the needs of students who are reading and comprehending significantly above grade level.
Gifted & Talented Services at the Elementary Schools
- Kindergarten: Students begin to receive service in January. Some lessons may be taught to the whole group and some taught to small groups on a pullout basis. Service is approximately 30 - 45 minutes per week using the PETS (Primary Education Thinking Skills) curriculum, which teaches both convergent and divergent thinking skills.
- Grades 1 - 2: All students will be engaged in inquiry based experiences at least six times a year in their classroom.
- Grades 3 - 6: Each grade level team will collaborate with the Literacy Coach, Gifted & Talented building coordinator and principal to create the enrichment model which best meets the needs of their students.
- Grades 1 - 3: Students begin service generally in October for one hour per week. They work with more advanced lessons in the PETS curriculum, William and Mary curriculum, as well as extra instruction in problem solving.
- Grade 4: Students begin service within a few days of school starting and complete the EM (Everyday Math) curriculum for grade 5. Some lessons from the fourth grade EM curriculum are taught to insure that all standards are met. The teacher is a Gifted and Talented building coordinator.
- Grade 5: Students begin service within a few days of school starting and complete the sixth grade CMP (Connected Math) curriculum. The teacher is a Gifted and Talented building coordinator.
- Grade 6: Students begin service within a few days of school starting and complete the seventh grade CMP (Connected Math Project) curriculum. The teacher is a Gifted and Talented building coordinator.
Elementary Gifted & Talented Coordinators:
Alice Smith: Doreen Carlson, MA • 952-988-4231