Talented, Advanced & Gifted Program
We are dedicated to developing the gifts of all students. To that end, programming and opportunities are provided to ensure that all students can grow and maximize their potential.
As part of this endeavor, data about students identified as TAG (Talented, Advanced, and Gifted) is shared with educators so that we as a team are mindful of their advanced abilities and, as for all students, monitor their growth and progress. Our focus is to discover and nurture students' gifts and talents with the ultimate goal being to maximize achievement and support students in their unique growth trajectory.
Counseling, social-emotional support, and collaboration with parents is available for all identified students.
The MTSD TAG (Talented, Advanced and Gifted) programming is aligned to our Multilevel Systems of Support.
- What does the gifted & talented identification process look like?
- What if my child is an advanced student but has not yet been identified?
- How are gifted students' needs met in the classroom?
Advanced indicates that the child has not yet met all the criteria necessary for TAG identification. For example, the student may have scored at the 95th percentile once out of the last four test sessions with no other piece of corroborating data yet available. Regardless of TAG identification status, advanced students receive differentiation in the classroom; TAG Coordinators support teachers in this endeavor. Advanced students who are ready for challenge will be provided those opportunities.
In K-2, students are closely monitored to ensure that they are appropriately challenged. TAG identification begins in grade 3, but the Elementary TAG Coordinator works with and supports the K-2 teachers in their important efforts to meet the needs of the advanced students in their classes.