Gifted Program Options - Elementary School

  • The El Paso Independent School District provides program options throughout the district that reinforce the strengths, needs, and interests of gifted and talented students. Curriculum and instruction are differentiated by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the general school program.

    Connections K-3


    (offered at all elementary campuses)

    The curriculum for the gifted program grades K-3 consists of thematic units aimed at developing higher-level thinking skills. This curriculum provides young gifted students the opportunity to develop emerging skills in the four core areas, creativity, leadership, and the fine arts. Problem-solving and original product development are emphasized within this daily pullout program.

     

    Connections 4/5


    (offered at Beall, Bond, Bradley,
    Cielo Vista, Coldwell, Cooley, Crosby, Green, Guerrero, Kohlberg, Mesita, Park, Roberts, Tippin, White, and Zavala; the remaining elementary schools offer the Schoolwide Enrichment Program.)

    The Connections program is built around the examination of universal themes and integrates the study of social studies, literature, writing, and the fine arts. Math and Science activities are correlated to the novel studies. Students develop sophisticated products and presentations. The curriculum is aligned to state standards and delivered using Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Model of Depth and Complexity and the National Association for Gifted Children’s Parallel Curriculum.

     

    Schoolwide Enrichment 4/5


    (offered at selected elementary sites)

    The Schoolwide Enrichment program offers differentiated learning opportunities for cluster groups of gifted and talented students within a heterogeneous classroom setting. Students are provided opportunities to work with curricular units built around universal themes that integrate math, science, social studies, and language arts. Advanced-level products and presentations are developed as part of the program.