BVSD schools provide programming for Talented and Gifted (TAG) students based on their identified needs and in accordance with district identification policy, which is based on a body of evidence. Student may be identified as talented and gifted in one or more of the following areas:
- General or specific intellectual ability
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership abilities
- Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities
Schools follow the BVSD Acceleration policy when making decisions about subject or grade level acceleration for students. Some highly advanced gifted children may enter kindergarten or first grade early through the BVSD Early Access policy.
The classroom teacher is the primary provider of advanced academic services to students. Programming is documented in the student's Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) or, at the secondary level,(ICAP). Programming may include academic, enrichment, and affective (social emotional) supports and extensions.
BVSD sponsors four district-wide enrichment activities. These are open to students whether they are identified as talented and gifted or not. More information is available at the links below.
The BVSD Advanced Academic Services office supports schools and stakeholders, offers professional development, and oversees school based programming. A wealth of information is available on the BVSD TAG Webpage.
Aspen Creek K-8 Talented and Gifted Programming and Activities
At Aspen Creek, the TAG Educational Advisor is the primary advocate for students, communications, and programming in the school. Currently, if you have any questions, please contact Betsy Shehigian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The academic programming for talented and gifted students includes:
- Schoolwide Cluster Model
- General education classroom with differentiation and flexible grouping
- Accommodations for strength areas
- Advanced instructional strategies (depth, pace, complexity)
- Contract for different work
- Curriculum compacting
The social emotional programming and support for talented and gifted students and their families include:
- Weekly lunch groups for middle level TAG students
- TAG talks for parents
- SENG groups for parents
Students may also be involved in the following enrichment activities and clubs:
- Geography Bee
- Spelling Bee
- History Bee
- National History Bee
- Optimist Brain Bowl
- National Junior Honor Society
- Destination Imagination
- Chess Club
- History Club
- Student Council
For additional information, please contact the BVSD Office of Advanced Academic Services or join the BVSD TAG Listserv -an email list open to all who are interested which provides information about opportunities for children and parents in the local area. The Listserv also published the Gray Matters Newsletter, and posts information about interesting events that may be of interest to students and their parent/guardians. To subscribe to the low-medium volume list, email email@example.com with your request.