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Gifted & Talented Program

The focus of our gifted and talented programming is to discover and nurture students' gifts and talents with the ultimate goal to maximize achievement and support students in their unique growth trajectory. Gifted & talented program services are aligned to our Multilevel Systems of Support.

Counseling, social-emotional support, and collaboration with parents is provided at all tiers of identification.

Tier 1

Tier 1 services are provided by the classroom teacher and are monitored and supported by gifted & talented personnel.

Tier 2

Tier 2 services are provided by the classroom teachers, gifted & talented personnel, and/or other specialists. These services are monitored and supported by gifted & talented personnel.

Tier 3

Tier 3 services are provided by the classroom teachers, gifted & talented personnel, and/or other specialists. These services are monitored and supported by gifted & talented personnel.

FAQs

What does the gifted & talented identification process look like?

The identification process begins in 3rd grade. All 3rd graders, 6th graders and students new to the district in grades 4, 5, 7 and 8 take the Otis Lennon School Ability Test, or OLSAT, before the end of October. Students identified with a score of 95% or higher on the composite and/or subscore on the OLSAT will be identified for MTSD's gifted & talented services. Parents are notified of the identification via mailed letter. The OLSAT takes approximately 75 minutes to complete.

In addition, NWEA Measurement of Academic Performance, or MAP, scores are also reviewed in the identification process.

Parents of students new to the district should contact Nicole Brown (grades K-5) or Robin Schlei (grades 6-12) regarding identification. A student who was identified for gifted & talented programming in another school or district is not automatically identified in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, but parents may have cognitive ability test scores from the other district's identification process that would qualify the student. If a parent has no cognitive ability score to provide, the student will be tested with the OLSAT (grades 3-8) during the OLSAT testing window.

When do services begin?

Differentiation begins within the classroom very early on in the school year. Services for gifted students begin after the OLSAT has been administered before the end of October, and after identification letters have been sent to parents.

What if my child is an advanced student but has not been identified yet for gifted & talented services?

Advanced indicates that the child has not yet met all the criteria (the cognitive ability score) necessary to be identified as gifted or talented. However, they have shown via MAP scores and other data that they are advanced in relation to other students at their age level and therefore need more challenge. Advanced students receive differentiation in the classroom; gifted & talented personnel support teachers in this endeavor. Advanced students who are ready for challenge may be grouped with gifted & talented students for those learning opportunities.

How are gifted students' needs met in the classroom?

Gifted students' needs are met in the classroom through:

  • differentiation
  • a critical and creative thinking curriculum taught to support and enhance knowledge acquisition and utilization of knowledge
  • projects that emphasize higher level thinking, including problem-based learning and inquiry projects.

Nicole Brown
K-5 Coordinator
nbrown@mtsd.k12.wi.us
262-238-5910


Robin Schlei
6-12 Coordinator
rschlei@mtsd.k12.wi.us
262-238-8561