Elementary Gifted Programs
Lakeville Area Schools provides a range of service options for gifted learners at the elementary level. These include direct instruction for identified gifted learners in grades three – five through either Discover or Ignite! Additionally, each elementary school provides gifted core enrichments (parent-led literacy groups and math enrichment groups) and differentiated instruction in the regular classroom. Students may also qualify for grade or subject acceleration. The gifted specialist at each building coordinates these options as well as the identification process for Discover and Ignite!
Enrichment and Differentiation
At each elementary school, the gifted education specialist serves as a resource for classroom teachers. Classroom teachers provide differentiated instruction as appropriate. The gifted specialists coordinate specific math and literacy enrichments with support from parent volunteers. These enrichments are integrated into the school curriculum and day.
Lakeville Area Schools recognizes the need for academically gifted students to receive accelerated instruction. Acceleration is generally defined as moving students through the traditional curriculum at rates faster than the typical student experiences. The goal of acceleration is to match the level and complexity of the curriculum with the readiness and motivation of the learner. The following acceleration options are available to qualifying elementary age students: early entrance, grade acceleration and math subject acceleration. Students qualify for acceleration based on district guidelines.
Identification for Elementary Gifted Programs
Lakeville Area Schools uses an integrated identification process to identify students for gifted services. The Discover program is intended for gifted learners scoring at the 97th percentile or higher in ability and the 95th percentile or higher in reading achievement. The Ignite! program is intended for highly gifted students scoring at the 99th percentile or higher in ability and achievement.
- View the Identification Gifted Criteria to see how a student becomes eligible for Discover or Ignite!
- View the Identification Process and Key Dates to see the identification process, timeline and key dates.
The selection process for Discover and Ignite! is done by the District Selection Committee. The selection committee consists of a team of at least two gifted specialists and the elementary gifted coordinator. The Gifted Education Specialist compiles the needed data on students in the talent pool for review by the District Selection Committee. The District Selection Committee reviews all students in the talent pool and determines which students meet criteria for identification for the Discover program and the Ignite! highly gifted program. The committee may also determine if there is a need for additional testing.