PROGRAM SERVICE DESIGN
The program options for students is intended to provide a curriculum that is both differentiated and appropriate for the needs of students who are advanced in their thinking and learning processes. Students are provided opportunities to interact with both their chronological and intellectual peers and to challenge their abilities encouraging them to expand their thinking and reasoning. Greenwood School District accomplishes this through various approaches approved by the Arkansas Department of Education State Standards 4.0 - 10.0. The Gifted and Talented Education Program is funded by the state and federal governments and monitored by the state of Arkansas. All instructors have received training through the College Board and/or advanced degree training.
KINDERGARTEN, GRADES 1 AND 2
Whole group enrichment lessons (minimum of 30 minutes) are delivered by a licensed coordinator of Gifted Education once a week.
GRADES 3, 4, 5, AND 6
Identified students are served in the resource room setting. Students participate in classes in which they receive instruction services different from those normally provided in the regular classroom. Students meet for a minimum of 150 minutes a week with a licensed coordinator of Gifted Education.
Students are provided the opportunity to participate in Project Lead the Way - Automation and Robotics. Project Lead The Way empowers students to develop and apply skills by exploring real-world challenges. Students learn technical skills, learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, as well as collaborate. In Automation and Robotics students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more.
Students receive instruction through Algebra I, accelerated class.
Students are also provided the opportunity to participate in Project Lead the Way - Medical Detectives. Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a "crime scene." They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.
Students receive Gifted & Talented Education instruction in Honors and Pre-Advanced Placement classes (PreAP). Students may choose from the following classes: Pre-AP English I, Pre-AP Geometry, and Honors Physical Science.
GRADES 10 - 12
The College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) is designed for high school students who desire a challenging academic curriculum. Students have the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still in high school and receive advanced placement and/or credit upon entering college. Students must take the end of course exam, Advanced Placement Exam, in May. The fee for this exam is paid by the Arkansas State Department of Education. Students scoring 3, 4, 5 on the AP Exam have the opportunity to earn college credit at most colleges.
Concurrent credit college-level classes will be offered through the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Courses offered to juniors and seniors: Composition I, Composition II, Intro to Speech, Humanities Through the Arts, American National Government, United States History I, United States History II, , Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II, College Algebra, Probability and Statistics I, Intro to Philosophy, Introduction to Sociology, General Psychology.