Mike Town, one of Tesla STEM High School’s founding teachers, is a recipient of the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community.
Programs for Gifted Students
Gifted and Talented Programs
The following procedures shall be employed to nominate, assess and select students to participate in the program:
Parents shall be sent a checklist to use in determining if they should recommend their child for consideration in the program. Interested parents may nominate their child to the program.
Teachers shall complete Observation Guide for Teachers in order to identify the students who should be nominated for the program. The teacher should complete the Scale for Rating Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students for the three top students as identified on the Observation Guide for Teachers. Those students with their relative scores shall provide a basis for ranking the teacher nominees. Results should be recorded on the Student Data Sheet.
Assessment data for students, who have been nominated by parents or teachers, shall be compiled. Nominees shall be assessed for academic aptitude through use of the Cognitive Abilities Test. The score shall be posted on the Student Data Sheet. Achievement test results shall be recorded in the appropriate space.
Performance shall also serve to assess the relative strengths in terms of mathematics and reading.
A multi-disciplinary selection team composed of a district administrator, psychologist or other individual who can interpret cognitive and achievement test results, and a teacher shall review data that has been collected for each of the nominated students. They shall select those students who would receive the most benefit from participating in the program. The following steps are:
- Notify parents of students who have been selected,
- Schedule a meeting of all such parents,
- Solicit a signed Letter of Understanding from each parent who desires to enroll his/her child in the program.