What is the middle school Program for Academic and Creative Talent (PACT)?
The middle school Program for Academic and Creative Talent offers specialized curricular and extracurricular services to academically gifted students. Building program managers work with the instructional staff of each middle school to extend the basic curriculum and provide intellectually challenging enrichment activities. After school classes and field trips based on the students' interests and needs are also provided by individual middle schools.
Who benefits from PACT?
Middle school students often demonstrate the need for a differentiated curriculum that encourages higher level thinking and problem solving. Students who welcome opportunities for individual and group achievement will benefit from the variety of academic programs available during and after school. Program for Academic and Creative Talent managers in
each middle school strive to meet the needs of those students with varied and single-minded commitments to different areas of interest.
How are students identified?
Several subjective and objective criteria are used to identify academically gifted students for the Program for Academic and Creative Talent. Staff observations of student task commitment, achievement, and creativity are considered. In addition, achievement and intelligence test scores are reviewed prior to placing students in appropriate activities.
How do I proceed?
Contact the manager at your school, or the District office at 558-2220, for additional information about identification procedures and the Program for Academic and Creative Talent. As a parent, you can provide valuable insights and information about your child's exceptional abilities.