Gifted and Talented Programming
The White Bear Lake Area School District offers gifted services for students in grades K-12. From the elementary gifted Levels of Service programming to the advanced placement classes offered in high school, the wide range of gifted opportunities in the district are many and varied. All of the courses and special activities are designed to provide challenge and rigor for students at all levels to expand their learning and creativity in their particular area of interest. In addition to the curriculum gifted programs, many District 624 students take part in a variety of building enrichment and extra-curricular programs such as Continental Math League, Word Masters, and numerous other academic clubs which encourage advanced learning and challenging activities. Similarly, as part of a collaborative of northeast metro districts, many White Bear Lake students also participate in the North Suburban Summer Academy for High Potential Students.
District's Gifted Philosophy
The White Bear Lake Area School District believes that every child has the right to achieve at their highest potential, and we are committed to recognizing the unique value, needs, and talent of each of our students. The purpose of the district's gifted services is to provide a differentiated, enriched, academic environment that enables children with exceptional ability to reach their full potential.
"Every child including those who are gifted and talented deserves to learn something new every day. Every child - including high ability learners - deserves to be challenged, and to receive guidance and support in the development of his or her potential." Del Siegle, NAGC Program Chair & President
Gifted students have significantly unique and varied cognitive and affective needs and are entitled to an education that provides an environment that supports those needs.
Giftedness knows no boundaries. Gifted students are found within all age groups and populations.
To meet the unique needs of gifted students, WBL Area schools has made a commitment to the following:
- make decisions for academically gifted learners based on research and best practice
- identify gifted students using multiple criteria and provide challenging learning experiences beyond the regular curriculum
- provide staff with the specific tools and training for differentiated instruction
- develop and promote high level thinking and problem solving skills
- encourage creative and critical thinking
- provide opportunities for sharing and exchanging ideas in a supportive environment
- review gifted services regularly and make appropriate changes
MN Definition of Gifted and Talented
Gifted and talented children and youth are those students with
outstanding abilities, identified at preschool, elementary, and
secondary levels. These students are capable of high performance when
compared to others of similar age, experience, and environment, and
represent the diverse populations of our communities. These are students
whose potential requires differentiated and challenging educational
programs and/or services beyond those provided in the general school
program. Students capable of high performance include those with
demonstrated achievement or potential ability in any one or more of the
following areas: general intellectual, specific academic subjects,
creativity, leadership and visual and performing arts.
If you would like more information about Gifted and Talented programming, please contact:
, Gifted Coordinator, or Sara Paul
, Assistant Superintendent.