The Pennsylvania Special Education Standards, which reflect both State Board of Education Regulations and federal legislation, require the articulation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP) for each exceptional student identified as needing special education or related services. This requirement extends to all exceptional students in Pennsylvania enrolled in public and approved private schools. Writing an IEP or GIEP is a three-step process that involves the child, parents/guardian, and school personnel in: (1) defining a student’s interests or needs, (2) identifying how much and what one can reasonably expect him/her to learn by the end of the year, and (3) determining the steps to be taken in achieving annual goals and the means to measure the student’s progress.
Gifted Support Services are provided to all students in the middle school who have been identified as gifted based on the regulations outlined by PDE in Chapter 16. Gifted students with an active GIEP have Gifted Support scheduled in lieu of Reading class. Gifted Support class is designed to extend the Regular Education classroom curriculum by increasing the depth and breadth of the Regular Education curriculum. Gifted Support provides opportunities for students to construct and use their knowledge effectively and imaginatively through various hands-on explorations while being appropriately grouped with their intellectual peers. The program will utilize differentiated instruction by being tailored to student strengths, needs, interests and learning styles. Additional opportunities available to Gifted Support students include clubs, contests, competitions, independent study, and special activities such as seminars and field trips. Gifted Support also provides support services for use in the Regular Education program, acceleration in appropriate areas, and extra-curricular extension activities.