SPARKS

SPARKS is a program created to provide learning opportunities for the gifted student in grades 3-6. These opportunities will exist as a supplement to the general classroom program within the regular school day.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  Develop the student’s intellectual and creative abilities through challenging instructional
activities.
  Develop the student’s intellectual and creative abilities through challenging instructional
activities.
  Provide  learning  activities  to  promote  the  development  of  critical  thinking,  higher
thinking  levels,  independent  research  methods  and  investigations,  and  advanced
communication skills.
  Assist students to become more independent and effective learners.
  Nurture personal growth and skills of interaction, including leadership.
  Promote a lifelong love of learning.

  Entrance into the program is to meet two of these four criteria:
o  Total English Language Arts (ELA) score of 90% or above on the ITBS Test
o  Total Math 90% or above on the ITBS Test
o  Total Science score of 90% or above on the ITBS Test
o  Total Social Studies score of 90% or above on the ITBS Test
  Only the IOWA Test of Basic Skills given at St. Ann School will be used to determine
giftedness.
  New students to St. Ann must wait until testing at St. Ann to gain acceptance into the
program, unless they have already been in a gifted program in another school and they
receive a recommendation from their teacher to remain in a gifted program.
  All students must re-qualify each year into the program in grades 3-5 (6th
grade students are exempt if the student was in our program in the 5th grade)
  The program concentrates in the areas of Math/Science
  If a student is removed from the program due to poor grades, falling behind in regular
classes, etc., student must wait until yearly testing at St. Ann to re-enter the program,
provided they qualify.