Ignite! Program

  • Ignite!     Ignite Students

    Challenge and Choice for Highly Gifted Learners

    Ignite! is a unique full-time gifted program that combines a challenging core curriculum with flexible choice offerings to provide highly gifted children the opportunity to ignite their passion for learning. Ignite! is housed at Oak Hills Elementary to qualifying students across the district. Students begin the Ignite! program in third grade and move through the program with the same classroom of students through fifth grade. Ignite! students participate in the Oak Hills learning community through specialists’ classes, lunch, recess, grade level and whole school activities. Transportation to Ignite! is the responsibility of the family.

    Ignite! offers a complex and accelerated core curriculum. The Ignite! curriculum provides an in-depth exploration of grade level and extended standards with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

    • Literacy: Individualized reading instruction is based on student choice and teacher/student goal setting.
    • Language Arts & Social Studies: Thematic instruction is offered using College of William & Mary curriculum from the Center for Gifted Education. The curriculum is designed specifically for the gifted population. Units include “Changing Tomorrow: Leadership Curriculum for High Abilities Learners,” “Systems of Civilizations,” “Literary Reflections” and “Building a New System: Colonial America.”
    • Mathematics: Accelerated instruction with small group enrichments are available at each grade level. Ignite! core math instruction uses math materials one year ahead of grade level peers.  
    • Science: Inquiry-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program with an emphasis on hands-on activities.

    Engaging Student Choice 

    Student choice is integral to the Ignite! experience. Throughout the year, students participate in a variety of small group investigations based on their individual interest. These options vary from year to year depending on student interest and instructor availability. Some of our more popular choice units include:

    • Lego Robotics
    • Debate
    • iMovie
    • Stock Market Game
    • Coding
    • Project Wild
    • Class Act
    • Go Green Engineering
    • CSI
    • Smart About Art. 

    For more information about the Ignite! program, please view the 2021 Ignite! Parent Information Meeting.

Ignite! Identification and Selection Process

  • Notification

    The Ignite! program starts in third grade. Families of eligible second-grade students (for third-grade placement) will be notified by February 21, 2020. Parents will be invited to a parent information session in early March. Prospective students and families are invited to an Ignite! Open House in mid-March. Families interested in the Ignite! program need to apply by the application deadline of March 19, 2020, at noon. Families of students who do not receive a letter of eligibility may appeal eligibility status for Ignite! by completing a Home Observation Inventory and an Ignite! application. These must be submitted by the Ignite! application deadline. Families are encouraged to contact the Gifted Education Specialist at their child’s school with any questions about the appeal process.


    Transferring to Ignite!

    Limited spots are available for students wishing to enter Ignite! after the third-grade entry point. Interested families should contact Molly Hammel, Gifted Services Coordinator, for more information regarding qualifying criteria and space availability. Applications for students entering grades 4 and 5 should be submitted by the application deadline. Mid-year transfers to Ignite! are handled on a case-by-case basis for highly qualified candidates.


    Out-of-District Candidates

    Out-of-district candidates may apply to Ignite! and will be placed if space is available. Qualifying students living in the ISD 194 attendance area will be given first preference. The Ignite! application deadline for students not currently attending a Lakeville Area Public School is March 5, 2021. This includes homeschooled and Lakeville Area Public Schools attendance area students not currently enrolled in ISD 194.


    Exit Guidelines

    Student performance in Ignite! is closely monitored. While these programs provide opportunities for challenge and success for most students, they may not match the needs of every student. If a parent, Ignite! teacher, gifted specialist or student voices a concern regarding the student’s placement in gifted services, the ISD 194 Exit Guidelines will be used to determine the appropriate next steps.

Ignite! Application

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if my child is eligible for Ignite?

  • If my child does not receive a letter of eligibility, can we still apply?

  • Can students enter Ignite! after the program starts in third grade?

  • How are students selected for the Ignite! program?

  • Where is Ignite! located?

  • Is transportation to Ignite! provided?

  • How do we apply to Ignite?

  • Can students from out of district apply to Ignite?