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The Elementary Gifted Program

  • Grosse Pointe's annual gifted nomination process takes place in the winter of each year.  Students in grades 2 and 3 are nominated for gifted services. Our magnet classrooms are 3rd and 4th grade split classrooms. The classrooms are currently housed at Defer, Ferry, Monteith and Richard.
    Students in 2nd and 3rd grade are identified through a system-wide Child Study Committee.  Nominations can be made by parents or teachers in the winter of their second and third grade year. Each nominated student has a portfolio with standardized testing scores and testing history, student writing samples, a comprehensive teacher evaluation and input from a parent/guardian. 
    Students recommended for magnet demonstrate cognitive aptitude, significantly beyond their grade-level peers. This educational setting supports the emotional and behavioral characteristics of gifted children. 
    The curriculum of the magnet program follows the Grosse Pointe curriculum. However, students are advanced at least one year in math, and Language Arts concepts are taught with advanced depth and breadth. Content area subjects (social studies and science) are taught on a yearly, rotational basis. 
    The magnet learning experience:
    1. Differentiated learning at a greater pace or depth, depending on the needs of gifted students. 
    2. Project-based learning classrooms.
    3. Phases of learning based on readiness. 
    4. Student learning partners.
    What do the terms Differentiation, Cluster, Magnet mean?
    If you have additional questions about our Magnet program you may direct them to Keith Howell or Pam Albrecht.
    Keith Howell
    Elementary Curriculum Director
    Pam Albrecht
    Magnet Coordinator