Gifted Program Expands
Eden Prairie Schools’ Mosaic program for highly gifted students is expanding to eighth grade for the 2016-17 school year. The Mosaic program provides challenging curriculum at an accelerated pace while meeting the unique academic and social/emotional needs of highly gifted learners in a supportive educational environment.
Mosaic’s elementary program will be offered at Prairie View and Eden Lake elementary schools for grades three through six.
The 7th and 8th grade program will be located at Central Middle School. Students entering 7th & 8th grade do not need to fill out an application but will need to register for Advanced Courses as defined by the CMS course criteria.
Mosaic: Meeting Needs of Highly Gifted Learners
Mosaic is a full-day classroom program for highly gifted students . The program provides challenging curriculum at an accelerated pace while meeting the unique academic and social/emotional needs of highly gifted learners in a supportive educational environment.
The Mosaic curriculum uses best practices for gifted learners with higher level questioning, thinking and discussion, and rigor and differentiation embedded throughout. This curriculum meets and/or exceeds state content standards. Students use 21st century skills throughout their school day with personal iPad and access to MacAir laptops, and polycom presentations with experts and one another. There is a focus on personalized learning, project and inquiry based learning, and guided studies.
The program was initiated in fall 2013 and follows a school-within-a-school model, with four classrooms at Eden Lake Elementary and four classrooms at Prairie View Elementary. Currently these classrooms are serving qualifying students in grades 3 through 6 from across the district.
There is an application process for the Mosaic program and applications must be received by the deadline, January 27, 2017. All applications go to a district placement committee who reviews each student’s data. Student eligibility into the Mosaic program is determined based on high standardized test scores in both ability and achievement.
January 2017- Informational meetings at Prairie View Elementary and Eden Lake Elementary exact date tbd
February through March- Student assessments given and data collected
March 31- Program placement letters sent via email
April 10-14- Final registration of students for Mosaic