At a Glance

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The Basics

  • K – 12 charter school serving a gifted and talented community of about 1500 students

  • High School: launched in fall 2015; K-8 school was founded by parents in 1994

  • Differentiated: instructional strategies tailored to each student’s abilities, with an emphasis on both academic and social/emotional needs

  • Rich learning environment: multi-age classrooms, needs-based groupings

  • Excellence: John J. Irwin School of Excellence Awards – every year since 2000

  • Expertise: highly qualified staff participates regularly in gifted education training and development

  • Parent volunteers: are vital members of our community, active in classrooms, fundraising and leadership committees

  • Governance: provided by a parent-elected governing board

  • Location: modern, technology-enabled campus located at 144th and Washington

  • Chartered by Adams 12 Five Star School District; independent curriculum structure

Academics and More... Kindergarten through 12th Grade

  • Gifted Best Practices: aligned with state standards and performance based outcomes

  • Depth of instruction: incorporates challenge, character development and complexity of thought

  • Integrated Curriculum: teachers work together to relate theme elements and concepts across subjects

  • Experiential education: field trips for all grades; learning programs designed to engage all senses

  • Technology: incorporated into instruction; Middle and High School students bring their own device to school daily

  • Student Autonomy: programs promote inquiry, independence and self-initiated learning

  • Family Conferences: twice yearly

  • Community Service: school-wide and class-specific activities and projects

  • Interscholastic Sports: emphasis on participation, physical well-being and sportsmanship-Middle School and High School

  • Extracurricular and Clubs: wide variety of opportunities for students at all grade levels

  • Before/After School Program: available daily, on teacher work days and during Spring Break

  • Summer Programs: June through August

  • Student Support: School Counselors, On-Site Health Aides, Elementary Librarian, Speech/Language Therapist; Occupational Therapist; Special Education; English Language Learners, Gifted Specialists, School Psychologists