RISE & STAR
Download the complete Gifted and Talented Plan 2015-16 (pdf)
R.I.S.E. is the Intellectually Gifted portion of the G/T Program at TPS.
- Score 128 or 97% on the total of an intelligence test.
Identified gifted students in grades 3-6 are served through a pull-out enrichment program taught by a resource teacher. The regular teacher is to differentiate the curriculum in the classroom for the gifted students as needed.
Students have a yearly enrichment field trip exclusively for RISE as well as several cultural events funded by the G/T program to include their classmates.
- Gifted students at the secondary level are served through accelerated, honors, and advanced placement classes. RISE students have priority placement with additional places being filled with accelerated students with committee approval. RISE students are also offered participation in a short-term, career-oriented mentorship experience with professionals in the community.
Secondary Advanced Courses
Pre AP English I & II, AP English Literature, AP English Language, Accelerated 9th grade Science, Honors Physical Science, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Honors Biology I, Honors Chemistry I & II, Honors Forensic Chemistry I & II, 8th grade Accelerated Math, 9th grade Geometry, Pre AP Geometry, Pre AP Algebra II, Pre AP & AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Statistics, Spanish III and French III. This list changes as classes are added or dropped. Current lists are available through the HS counselors.
AP and Honors Courses are figured on a 5.0 scale
S.T.A.R. is the TALENTED portion of the G/T Program at TPS
- These students are nominated in the same way as the gifted students, by classroom teacher, parent, other students, but mainly by the arts area teacher.
- Students are evaluated by a checklist instrument that was created for their particular arts area by professionals in the school and community.
- These students are served by specialty classes in the school. Students enroll in these classes where they gain enrichment and growth in their talent area.
- In lower elementary, the talent areas include art and music while the upper level students are identified as talented in Art, Music (vocal & instrumental), Bodily Kinesthetic (athletics/gymnastics/dance), Communication (written/speech/drama), Leadership, and Technology.
- Arts area classes are provided at each level with class field trips, but we also bring programs to the THS Performing Arts Center such as a traveling opera troop, ballets, and plays as available.
- Our elementary students provide an eager audience for student performances that our outstanding secondary arts programs provide.
- TPS students of all ages are served in this venue as participants or audience to the arts.
What is RISE?
RISE stands for Reaching Intellectual Success and Excellence and is the program which serves the identified gifted students of Tahlequah Public Schools. An important goal of the Tahlequah Public Schools is to identify and provide appropriate educational experiences for those students who give evidence of high performance capability in intellectual and specific academic areas of language arts, social studies, math, science, and the arts, and who require learning opportunities of experiences not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop such capabilities.
What is STAR?
STAR stands for Students Talented in the Arts Realm is the program which serves the identified talented students of Tahlequah Public Schools.
How does my child qualify for the RISE program?
To qualify for Intellectually Gifted, a student must score 128 or 97% on a nationally standardized test of intellectual ability. Students will not be formally identified until grade three.
How does my child qualify for the STAR program?
Students can be nominated for a talent area by their teacher, parent, or self. An assessment is completed by a specialty teacher of the talent area with portfolio work or performance used as an additional evaluation.
How do I get my child tested for RISE?
Students can be referred for testing by their teacher, parent, or self. After the referral is received, a permission to test form must be signed by the parent or guardian and returned to the gifted/talented coordinator. A nationally standardized test of intellectual ability will then be given as soon as possible as scheduling allows by a gifted coordinator. After test is given and scored, parents will be given written notice that their child has been identified for placement in gifted educational programming.
My child qualified for RISE. Now what?
Elementary gifted and potential gifted students are served through a pull-out enrichment program taught by a resource teacher. The regular teacher is to differentiate the curriculum in the classroom for the gifted students as needed. Gifted students at the secondary level are served through accelerated, honors, and advanced placement classes. RISE students have priority placement with additional places by being filled with accelerated students. RISE students at the secondary level are also offered participation in a short-term, career-oriented mentorship experience with professionals in the community.
My child didn’t qualify. Can he/she be retested?
Yes, the child may be tested again in a year. The same procedure will be used in the retest.