Gifted & Talented
Eden Prairie Schools strives to ensure that each student reaches their full potential by working to meet the unique educational needs of every student who walks through our doors.
Eden Prairie Schools meets the unique educational needs of students through our gifted and talented services, which aim to challenge and nurture each learner. Some learners have academic skills, cognitive abilities, creative talents and leadership potential that differ from their age-level peers; therefore, our purpose is to identify gifted and talented learners in order to provide services that meet those unique academic, social and emotional needs.
In Eden Prairie Schools, differentiation of high quality curriculum, focusing on expanding and enhancing the learning opportunities of the regular classroom, is a part of the experience for all students. These options are provided by the classroom teacher. Gifted and Talented staff offer resources for differentiation and instruction.
Students who have choices are inspired learners. In our elementary INSPIRE Choice programming, students are encouraged to explore interest-based learning options that connect what they are learning in school to what they enjoy to do outside of class.
As early as kindergarten, students can discover their passions and learn deeply in subjects that interest them, which fosters a lifelong love of learning.
Differentiation of high quality curriculum which leads to extensions and in-depth study. Many students are involved at this level. Gifted and Talented Education Specialists offer instruction to students who demonstrate academic strengths behind the grade level curriculum. These Talent Development Groups meet once a week for 30-45 minutes for six to eight weeks. At the end of the six to eight weeks a new group is formed, with the goal of providing instruction to students throughout the school.
The Young Scholars Program is an academic program that embraces research-based practices for identifying and nurturing gifted potential in students who have historically been overlooked by gifted services. Young Scholars promotes the notion of access, affirmation, and advocacy for continuous academic growth. This program runs in kindergarten through grade five at all Eden Prairie Schools elementary schools.
This program meets two times a week for 45 minutes. Students study advanced topics across academic content areas.
Throughout the school year, Gifted and Talented Education Specialists meet with classroom teachers to identify students with exceptional critical thinking and creativity skills. Gifted and Talented staff notify families that their students have been selected to participate in Young Scholars.
Key is a program for students with exceptional academic gifts and talents in second through fifth grade. Students in Key engage in activities across academic content areas utilizing problem solving, higher-level thinking skills and advanced topics.
Students meet with Gifted and Talented Education Specialists three times a week for 45 minutes.
Students are referred for placement in the Key program by school staff, families or their own self-identification. Once a student is referred, an identification committee that may consist of gifted resource teachers, administrators, school psychologists and other professionals. The committee makes placement recommendations based upon reviews of comprehensive student profiles, which includes the following:
- ability scores at the 95th percentile or higher in the verbal, quantitative and/or visual/spatial areas on a specialized assessment
- achievement scores at the 95th percentile or higher on national standardized tests taken during the school year
- teacher assessments of classroom performance
- parent questionnaire
The needs of students who move into the district prior to or during the school year will be reviewed on an individual basis.
This level of service is available to students whose academic needs are significantly different from their peers. These students need a unique environment in which to reach their potential.
The Mosaic program is available at Eden Lake and Prairie View elementary schools. Students who live within Eden Prairie Schools boundaries are offered free transportation.
Identification and Application
Students are referred for placement in the Mosaic program either by completing the online application process or by identification by school staff. Once a student is referred, an identification committee that may consist of gifted resource teachers, administrators, school psychologists and other professionals. The committee makes placement recommendations based upon reviews of comprehensive student profiles, which includes the following:
- ability scores at the 98-99th percentile in the verbal, quantitative and/or visual/spatial areas on a specialized assessment
- achievement scores at the 98-99th percentile on national standardized tests taken during the school year
- teacher assessments of classroom performance
- parent questionnaire
At Central Middle School, the regular classroom curriculum is designed to include higher-level thinking activities and numerous opportunities for extensions and enrichment. Differentiation of high-quality curriculum focuses on expanding and enhancing the learning opportunities of the regular classroom for all students.
Students who are motivated and independent learners may choose to register for enriched classes in English, Social Studies, Math and/or Science in grades seven and eight. The purpose of enriched courses is to foster advanced discussions and abstract thinking.
Students in grades six through eight whose academic needs are significantly different from their peers are invited to register for advanced courses in English, Social Studies, Math and/or Science.
In rare cases, school staff may consider early school entrance or subject/grade acceleration for a student.
For more information, please contact:
Alison Miller | Gifted and Talented Coordinator | 952-975-7342 | Alison_Miller@EdenPr.k12.mn.us
At Eden Prairie High School, the regular classroom curriculum is designed to include higher-level thinking activities and numerous opportunities for extensions and enrichment. Differentiation of high-quality curriculum focuses on expanding and enhancing the learning opportunities of the regular classroom for all students.
Students who wish to challenge themselves and pursue their passions may choose to enroll in Honors courses, which foster advanced discussions and abstract thinking.
At Eden Prairie High School, Eagles can continue to build on their interests in preparation for Capstone courses in their junior or senior year. These college-level experiences are noted on transcripts to indicate the student received deep, real-world experience and maximal preparation for life after graduation.
Talent Development Mentor Program
The Talent Development Mentor Program is an individualized advanced learning opportunity to connect with professionals and peers. Working with a mentor provides students an opportunity to develop professional and leadership skills while exploring a specific career. Past mentorships have included broadcasting in the TV industry, hardware development engineer in the computer industry, and sensory science manager in the food industry. Students receive one credit per term for time spent in seminars and with mentors. Students interested in the program must be juniors or seniors. In addition, students must provide their own transportation to and from the mentor site. Students need to be available during 4th period for two consecutive terms.
Students desiring early completion of the requirements for graduation must submit a plan, in writing, to their counselors prior to the start of second semester of their junior year. Interested students should see their counselors.
For more information, contact Steven Rollin, EPHS Gifted and Talented Coordinator at email@example.com or 952-975-8049.
Advanced Placement Courses
Eden Prairie High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in all subject areas to meet the needs of students who wish to earn college credit while in high school or challenge themselves with advanced courses. Nearly half of all Eden Prairie Schools students enroll in at least one AP class per year.
EPHS offers more than 25 AP courses, including Calculus AB & CD, Chemistry, Computer Science: Java II, Comparative Politics, European History, Microeconomics, Physics, Spanish Literature & Culture, Statistics, and Studio (Sculpt & Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Digital), and Woodcrafting.
The superior academic caliber of our courses has enabled students to take exams for these and additional subjects with a high success rate.
College In The Schools
The College in the Schools (CIS) program delivers introductory-level University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University - Mankato, St. Cloud State, University of Iowa, Normandale, and Hennepin Technical College credit courses to advanced juniors and seniors. CIS courses are taught at EPHS during the regular school day, and a student can earn both college and high school credit.
Eden Prairie Schools will grant academic credit to students enrolled in a course or program if that student successfully completes the course or program attended. The credits are to be counted toward graduation requirements and subject area requirements in the school district.
Post Secondary Enrollment Options
Eden Prairie will grant academic credit to students enrolled in a course or program if that student successfully completes the course or program attended. The credits are to be counted toward graduation requirements and subject area requirements in the school district. The student will receive both high school and college credit. There is no charge to the student for tuition, textbooks, materials or fees.
An Eden Prairie Schools secondary (grades 6-12) student may receive credit for a course by demonstrating competence in the skills and concepts of the course. The assessment of this competence may include such tools as written and/or oral examinations, product or performance exhibitions, and teacher input.
A review committee will determine the appropriateness of each request for credit for learning. The review committee, along with the subject area teacher, will also identify the assessment procedures(s) to be used with each student in awarding credit for learning.
As a result of the assessment, one of the following will occur:
- No credit for learning will be awarded.
- Credit for learning will be awarded and the student will be placed in another course.
- Credit for learning will be awarded, and the student will progress by means of supervised independent study or alternative enrichment.
Students interested in obtaining credit for learning should discuss this request with a teacher, counselor, or case manager. As appropriate, the student will complete an application to be submitted to the review committee.
April 1 is the preferred application deadline for the following year. Departures from this date will be agreed to by the student and the review committee.
Liz Stamson | Instructional Excellence Coordinator for Gifted Programming | EPGiftedTalented@edenpr.org | 952-975-7060