SPARKS is to provide learning opportunities for the gifted student in grades 2-6. These opportunities will exist as a supplement to the general classroom program within the regular school day.
The objectives of the program are as follows:
- Develop the student's intellectual and creative abilities through challenging instructional activities.
- Provide learning activities to promote the development of critical thinking, higher thinking levels, independent research methods and investigations, and advanced communication skills.
- Assist students to become more independent and effective learners.
- Nurture personal growth and skills of interaction, including leadership.
- Promote a lifelong love of learning.
Entrance into the program is to meet two of these five criteria, and IQ must be 120 or above.
- IQ 127 or above on the COGAT Test
- Composite 90% or above on the ITBS Test
- Total Reading 90% or above on the ITBS Test
- Total Math 90% or above on the ITBS Test
- Teacher Recommendations
Gifted students will be exonerated from the core curriculum and basic classroom assignments. Once accepted into the SPARKS program, reinstatement each additional year will not be required. Students will be expected to be committed to attend all SPARKS classes during the year and return to the regular class only at the end of the year, if deemed necessary.
- Fall: The students will be making a robot.
- Spring: The students will be making a study of an inventor of their choice.
- Logic problems to solve along with other puzzles and Red Herrings.
Jane Gillespie is the head of the SPARKS program at St. Ann.