Would you send a star athlete to train for the Olympics without a coach? Gifted students need guidance from well trained, licensed graduate level teachers to help develop their talents and challenge them a bit beyond what they think they are capable of. Many gifted students may be so far ahead of their same-age peers that they know more than half of the grade level curriculum before the school year begins. Their resulting boredom and frustration can lead to low achievement and unhealthy work habits. The role of the teacher of the gifted and the K-12 program of service is crucial for spotting and nurturing gifts and talents of students, introducing students to new topics of interest, and teaching critical thinking through content, process, and product. Springdale adheres to AR state standards 4.0-10.0 and is monitored and funded by the state. Springdale's model begins with K-1 whole classroom enrichment, elementary send-out in grades 2-5, cluster classes of choice for grades 6-7, and Pre-AP, Advanced Placement , I.B., Concurrent, School of Innovation, or Academy choices for ADE Program Option 8.0 at high school. Several licensed GT teachers received both state and national awards in curriculum writing and design.
Springdale received ACT 56 Governor's Advisory Council State Award for an outstanding gifted program in a large district in 1992, 2012, and in February of 2016 during the AGATE Conference. SSD received both the student and the ACO Community State Recognition Award in 2012.
K-12 GT Program
ADE Standard 10.0
Ms. Jo Vanderspikken
Gifted Talented/Economics Education Coordinator
1457 E. Robinson Ave
Springdale, AR 72764