Beach Court’s Service Delivery Models for GT and Talent Pool students will include pull-out, flexible/cluster grouping, and multi-age classrooms. Beach Court has an intentional focus on identifying traditionally underrepresented populations and identifying students for Talent Pool in non-traditional categories that do not show up in standardized testing such as dance, art, leadership, etc. Beach Court implements a standards-aligned, rigorous inquiry-based model throughout all content giving students access to inquiry-driven content and personalized learning. Additionally, PEBC’s Thinking Strategies are implemented in every classroom in the school, supporting students in understanding content at deeper and more complex levels in all classrooms. Beach Court’s GT and Talent Pool students participated in accelerated learning daily through lesson plan design and differentiated skills block. Effectively, Beach Court supports students through a restorative justice approach, with a full time RJ coordinator and school psychologist/social worker. GT students are encouraged to advocate for their needs to teachers, and are supported in building their self-advocacy muscles. Beach Court GT students are served by a .25 GT Specialist as well as a GT endorsed Instructional Dean and Principal.
What is Cluster Grouping?
Cluster grouping is an educational process in which four to six Gifted and Talented (GT) and/or Talent Pool Identified students are assigned to an otherwise heterogeneous classroom within their grade to be instructed by a teacher that has had specialized training in differentiating for gifted learners.
Beach Court has a strong Gifted and Talented (GT) program and talent development for our students who have not yet been formally identified, and we believe in meeting students where they are academically and effectively. Teachers have high expectations for meeting the needs of our GT students through rigorous, inquiry-based, differentiated lessons, and the support of “push in” services. Here are just a few of the ways we support our GT students: