Mason Schools has expanded its gifted program for grade school students.
The board approved two changes to its 2014-2015 gifted program at its Sept. 10 meeting: Gifted students will receive five days of gift service each week in grades 2-6 and a new honors math option will be offered to fifth grade students.
The district previously offered honors math at sixth grade. The new class, which covers 1.33 years of math, will better prepare students to tackle advanced math classes in higher grades, said Amy Spicher, associate superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
“By beginning the honors math scenario at fifth grade, we will continue to ensure a solid foundation for calculus while we are stretching students and encouraging an earlier entrance into honors,” she said.
“This will provide those students who need the additional challenge at an earlier age with the opportunity to pursue honors programming.”
Additional information on class criteria will be distributed to families in January.
The district plans to spend the year revising its gifted curriculum to include a greater focus on problem-solving, research and global learning, said Spicher.
Thirty-four percent of Mason students were identified as gifted in the 2012-2013 school year. Of those, 23 percent receive gifted services, according to school officials.
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