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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 29, 2016.  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.

The program for highly gifted learners is intended for students scoring at the 98th or 99th percentile in both ability and achievement.  Students are identified based on their strength area. Staff uses multiple criteria and look at the overall student profile to ensure a proper placement of a student into a highly gifted full day program.

Here is the timeline for the 2016-17 Mosaic application process:
Thursday, January 7th- Informational Meeting at Prairie View Elementary 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Media Center
Monday, January 11th- Informational Meeting at Forest Hills Elementary 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Media Center
January 29 - Applications due
February through March- Student assessments given and data collected
April 1- Program placement letters sent to students
April 11-15- Final registration of students for Mosaic

 

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