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ES Class (Grades 3-8) & ES Seminar (Grades 9-12)

  • With Extended Studies Class (Grades 4-8) and Extended Studies Seminar (Grades 9-12), students who are identified as needing additional challenge meet regularly with the Extended Studies Teacher for enrichment experiences designed to enhance knowledge and thinking skills.

    For each school, the options for Extended Studies Class or Seminar are listed below.

    Council Rock Primary School

    • See General Classroom Enrichment
    Entrance Criteria: n/a

    Exit Criteria: n/a

    Contact Person: n/a

    French Road Elementary School

    • Groups of 4th and 5th grade students who have been identified will meet regularly with the Extended Studies teacher. Students participating in the ESS class are identified through a formal identification process. The curricula for the ESS class include in-depth studies from NYS, Next Generation Learning Standards and Brighton curricula.
    Entrance Criteria: 4th and 5th Graders identified as "possibly" gifted are considered as participants in the Extended Studies class.

    4th, and 5th graders also may be identified as follows:
    1. Students selected through nomination by an administrator, teacher, counselor, parents, and/or self.
    2. Parents sign Permission to Review form.
    3. Records collected for screening process may include:
      • Achievement tests scores
      • Anecdotal records
      • Learning style inventory
      • Report Cards
      • Samples of student work
      • Student interview and/or observation
    4. Decision on student selection is the collective professional judgment of the committee at student reviews. General criteria for the evaluation:
      • Ranks in the top 10% in classroom screening
      • Consistently rated by teachers as achieving in the above average or outstanding range
      • Scores at the 90th percentile on standardized achievement test(s)
      • Typically produces work that demonstrates thinking abilities beyond the level of peers.
      • Score on an abbreviated aptitude test
      • All factors are evaluated. Single score does not by itself determine placement
    5. Notification about the committee's recommendation is made to parents.

    Exit Criteria:  Handled on an individual basis with discussion among classroom teacher, student, parents, and ESS teacher.

    Contact Person:  Renee P. Widor, Extended Studies teacher; classroom teacher
    renee_widor@bcsd.org

    Twelve Corners Middle School

    • Class experiences scheduled by grade level; extension and enrichment activities within a particular content area or on a topic of student interest

    Entrance Criteria:  Students in Extended Studies class at FRES are invited to participate in the TCMS class.

    Other 6th, 7th and 8th grade students may be identified as follows:

    1. Students selected through nomination by an administrator, teacher, counselor, parent and/or self (see link below)
    2. Material collected for screening process may include:
      • Achievement test scores
      • Aptitude scores
      • Learning style inventory
      • Report cards
      • Samples of student work
      • Student interview and/or observation
    3. Decision on student selection is the collective professional judgment of the committee. General criteria for the evaluation of data:
      • 90th percentile in achievement testing
      • Above-average report card
      • Teacher recommendation
      • All factors are evaluated. Single score does not by itself determine placement.
    4. Notification about the committee's recommendation is made to parent(s).

    Exit Criteria:  Written consent from parent/guardian OR failure to meet general requirements (attendance and participation)

    Contact Person:  Christine Coyle, Extended Studies Teacher

    Brighton High School

    • Seminar meets one class period every six-day cycle; enrichment experiences and student-directed projects based on interests. Credit: 1

    Entrance Criteria: Prior participation in Extended Studies program or nomination by teacher, counselor, or self

    Exit Criteria: Student choice or failure to meet general requirement (attendance and participation)

    Contact Person: Christine Coyle, Extended Studies Teacher