Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, Louisiana will offer a new program called Course Choice. While not specifically set up for Gifted and Talented students the possibilities for G/T students utilizing this program are great.
What exactly is Course Choice? This program is an innovative means of offering a variety of course to ANY school age student in Louisiana. For example your gifted student may want to take a more advanced Social Studies level and your school doesn't provide it. Through Course Choice you can sign your child up for this course which would likely be taken as a distance learning or computer course. Obviously, you will want to be sure you have the agreement of the IEP team at your school and put this on your child's IEP. Currently they are taking vendor applications with places like Duke and BYU expected to be on the Course Choice list coming out in January.
How much does it cost? If your child is in a school with a ranking of C,D, or F then you are eligible to sign up for courses at no cost to you. As of now, this includes all courses whether or not they are offered at your child's school or not. So theoretically if you weren't happy with the education your child was getting at your F ranked school you could sign up for Course Choice for all subjects except one. Our understanding is that at least one subject must be taken at your child's home school. For students going to A or B ranked schools the wording says that funding "may" be provided. So please check with your school counselor before signing your child up so you don't get any surprises!
While this is not going to solve all of the scheduling and funding issues involved with Gifted and Talented education, it will provide one more option for those looking to for a more appropriate education for there child. For more information and updates please click here.
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