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 Complete 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.
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. Curriculum is designed specifically for gifted population. Units include Changing Tomorrow:Leadership Curriculum for High Abilities Learners, Systems of Civilizations, Literary Reflections and Building a New System: Colonial America.
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.
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 and Smart about Art. View the Ignite! Choice Unit Video for a full listing of offerings so far.
There are separate Ignite! applications for students already enrolled in Lakeville Area Schools and students from outside the district.
- Ignite! Application for In-District Candidates - *This application will be available starting in late April 2021
- Ignite! Application for Out-of-District Candidates - *This application will be available from January 4, 2021 - March 5, 2021
For more information about space availability, program details and criteria requirements, families are encouraged to contact:
Gifted Services Coordinator