Elementary School Spectra

Elementary School Service Model
The gifted education program at the elementary (Grades 1-5) level is a pullout program within each building. 1st grade students begin Spectra at the beginning of their second semester.  Elementary students receive services for 180-210 minutes per week. The gifted education specialist at each site also provides a variety of gifted services (whole class lessons, meeting with counselors and classroom teachers, meeting with principals, and meeting with parents, etc.) beyond working with gifted students.

It is a goal of Francis Howell School District that Spectra students should not be penalized for work missed in the regular classroom when they attend Spectra class. The Spectra curriculum is handled in a unique manner by the district’s professional staff, participating students, and involved families. The Spectra student is accountable for the concepts, principles, and strategies developed by the classroom teacher on the day the student participates in Spectra. Classroom teachers are encouraged to avoid scheduling major tests, assignment due dates for major projects, and field trips during the time gifted students are participating in the Spectra program.


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