At American Leadership Academy, we want to help each and every student reach her or his full potential. Our gifted program allows students with gifted or accelerated capacities to thrive in an environment that is both challenging and appropriate for their unique needs and learning styles. This furthers our mission to provide the best educational experience for as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment. Read on for more information about our gifted program.
How does ALA determine which students are gifted?
ALA uses an assessment called the CogAT, a widely-used, state-approved assessment that tests students in three areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. This test may be taken by any student who is referred by parents, teachers, or qualified ALA staff members. Qualification for gifted services is based on performance on this assessment. Students who score at or above the percentile expectation for their grade will be considered eligible for the ALA gifted program.
When does CoGAT testing occur?
Testing is done in the fall, winter, and summer. Students may retake the test once every 365 days. Placement for the gifted program is reviewed each Spring.
Future test dates for the 2017-2018 school year:
- September 11-15, 2017
- January 8-12, 2018
- May 7-11, 2018
What does the gifted program look like at ALA?
Gifted students in grades 1-6 at ALA participate in a pull-out program, in which they will attend a separate class one or two times per week (depending on grade level). This pull-out class will be offered during rotating, designated “specials” blocks, and will allow gifted students to participate in all general classroom activities.
In this program, gifted students are able to work among their peers on cross-curricular units that extend beyond the general lessons. Gifted teachers utilize Webb’s “Depth of Knowledge” scale to encourage gifted students to reach higher levels of learning and understanding.
Honors and AP class placement, for junior high and high school students, is based on CoGAT scores and teacher recommendation.
Do gifted programs at ALA differ from those at other schools?
Our moral and wholesome environment allows our students to thrive at all levels, including in gifted classrooms. We believe that this environment, combined with our R.A.I.S.E. Leadership program and highly trained faculty, will allow our gifted students to reach their full potential.
If you would like to learn more about options for gifted students at ALA, or you would like to see our mission come to life, schedule a campus tour. We look forward to meeting you!