High Ability Programming
Middlebury Community Schools offers programming and services for K-12 high ability learners in reading/language arts and/or mathematics. Middlebury Community Schools’ High Ability Services is called EXPLORE (EXpanding Potential through Learning Opportunities Resources and Experiences).
Elementary (K-3) Program
Kindergarten students are identified as high ability learners during their school year and provided services within each classroom, with flexible grouping, and possibly cross-class grouping. Beginning in first grade students identified as high ability learners are clustered together in general education classrooms with a teacher who is trained or has received professional development in delivering instruction to high ability students. Students receive accelerated and enriched instruction in reading/language arts. Mathematics instruction is enriched and focuses on problem-solving and explaining how a mathematical solution was determined.
Intermediate (4-5) Program
Students in grades 4-5 are placed onto a team that provides accelerated and enriched instruction in reading/language arts and/or mathematics.
Middle School (6-8) Program
Students in grades 6-8 are placed in Talent Development classes that provide accelerated and enriched instruction in reading/language arts and/or mathematics. Students in high ability math can receive either one or two year accelerated advanced math. This includes the option to take high school Algebra for high school credit as a 7th grade student, or as an 8th grade student.
High School (9-12) Program
Students have access to honors classes, Dual Credit, International Baccalaureate and AP classes and other rigorous coursework to meet their needs. Online learning can also be an option for students who require such coursework.
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