About Our Programs

About Our Programs

The Fox C-6 philosophy on Gifted Education focuses on helping every child learn and develop to his or her individual potential.  Gifted students have special needs, which include having an advanced knowledge and learning ability.  Thus, gifted students require services that are advanced in content and pace and need differentiated and accelerated curriculum. The Fox C-6 Gifted Education Program is designed to challenge and motivate students who are identified gifted.

The Fox C-6 Gifted Program curriculum and services are specifically designed to provide experience through a variety of interdisciplinary activities that require problem solving, thinking critically, gathering, analyzing and applying information, communicating effectively, thinking effectively, applying and analyzing research skills, and working responsibly.

 

REACH Model (Grades 1-5)

The REACH Center was established in 2005 as part of Fox’s dedication to meeting the learning needs of its academically gifted students.   The Center supplements the regular school program by providing differentiated educational opportunities for gifted students in grades 1-6.  

Reach EquationsStudents spend one day each week at the Center.  A typical day begins approximately at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.  During their day at the Center, students are involved in several different learning units.  The “Major Unit” is a semester long unit in which the students become an expert in one subject area.   “Minor Units” are student selected, quarter long course of study.  Students will be involved in approximately 2-3 minor units per year.  Students will also attend giftedness and reasoning class.  This class engages students in higher-level thinking, problem solving skills and affective needs.

Middle School Model (Grades 6-8)

The Challenge Program is available in the middle school as an elective class. This allows more time for gifted students to work together in all areas of the curriculum.  Seventh and eighth graders, who are qualified to participate in the district’s gifted program, must choose Challenge for one of their elective courses when registering for classes.  Curriculum is based on thematic, multi-disciplinary units which incorporate process learning, creative production, assessment, affective and leadership issues.  Students work on research, communication, critical thinking and affective needs.    

Initial and continued placement in honors classes at the middle school level for gifted students will be based upon information provided by the classroom teacher, gifted education teacher, parent, and the building administrator. Students will be placed in honors classes in middle school unless parents do not approve of the placement.

According the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), gifted education programming must be an integral part of the general education school day (NAGC Standards, 2005). Research indicates that students excel when they learn with like-minded peers, when they are given consistent learning opportunities and when they are allowed to learn and discover in small groups. Having the middle school gifted program one period a day gives our Challenge students daily learning opportunities in Challenge and significantly decreases the disruption and stress that occurs when students are taken from other classes throughout the year. Daily contact time with the gifted specialist will also provide opportunities for the specialist to better meet the student’s cognitive and affective needs.

High School Service Model (Grades 9-12)

The high schools offer a wide selection of honors and advanced placement classes. Students will have the opportunity to participate in these classes as well as enroll in dual credit courses.  The middle school gifted teacher and the middle school building principal will notify the high school principal of gifted students entering high school. The high school principal, in coordination with school counselors and with their parents’ permission, will schedule gifted students into these classes.  The high school principal will provide oversight for the gifted students by monitoring and evaluating all of their academics and academic opportunities.

These academic opportunities include but are not limited to: development of a four-year high school plan, notification to students of available scholarships and competitions, informing students about special programs for gifted students, administering the Missouri Scholar’ Academy nomination process, provide information about the College Acceleration Program (CAP), assistance in college and career exploration, monitoring students’ progress, and provide opportunities to network with other gifted students.