Programming and Services
Gifted and Talented Services
Aurora Public Schools provides a comprehensive range of differentiated services for high potential and gifted students. Services may include but are not limited to the following:
Affective Education - Helping students understand themselves as gifted, as learners, and as a part of a larger community and providing opportunities for self-expression, community service, leadership and risk-taking
Cluster grouping - Placing gifted students together in a regular classroom
Content Acceleration - Pacing students through content at a rate that matches their advanced abilities
Content Enrichment - Providing learning opportunities that expand and deepen student understanding
Content Novelty - Allowing students to research and study topics of strong interest to them
Content Sophistication - Providing content and learning that requires the use of higher level thinking
Cross Grade Level Grouping - Grouping students with others in a higher grade level
Curriculum Compacting - Providing students who demonstrate grade level proficiency with advanced, alternate learning, Independent Study--allowing students to design and implement their own study plans with close monitoring by the teacher
Subject Grouping - Grouping students with similar strengths for instruction in a subject
Tiered Assignments/Resources - Providing assignments and resources that ensure students explore ideas at a level that builds upon their prior knowledge
Other Programming Options:
Aurora Quest K-8, school for gifted students in grades K-8 with emphasis on content acceleration in literacy and math (applicants should be gifted or high potential in reading/writing or math)
International Baccalaureate, available at elementary, middle and high school
Advanced Placement, high school
ASCENT Program, concurrent enrollment
Extra-curricular through on and off-site opportunities and community partnerships
Tier Three Programming for Gifted and High Potential Students
From kindergarten through eighth grade, their mission is to inspire and empower their unique students to develop and apply their high potential within a rigorous and supportive community. They are dedicated to providing strong and accelerated educational programming that supports the education of the whole child, provides a safe environment and prepares students for a life of continuous learning.
Application deadlines and other information can be found on Quest's website.
Talent Area Services
Students who are identified as gifted in talent domains will receive services in schools through existing ART, MUSIC and PE programs. The Gifted and Talented Department, in collaboration with College and Career Readiness, is developing community resources and opportunities for students who are identified as gifted in DANCE, LEADERSHIP, CREATIVITY and PERFORMING ARTS.
Check out this community resource booklet to find ways to support your child!