G/T Terminology

ACE  – Academic Creative Education – child-centered program for students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.

LEAP – Leading Exceptional Academic Producers housed at McCoy and Perry Middle School

IDS – Interdisciplinary seminar is a course designed to meet the needs of ACE and LEAP middle school students. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and enhances the four core subjects by adding depth, complexity, and pacing. The program focuses on leadership development, promotes thinking skills, problem-based learning and focus questions, student-initiated research and other activities designed to enrich the curriculum. Each grade level has a theme addressed all year:

  • 6th – Cultures
  • 7th – Power
  • 8th – Interdependence

Cluster Groups – ACE students clustered in specific classrooms with ‘Teachers of Record’ for purposes of working together to meet their academic and social/emotional needs.

Teacher of Record – teacher responsible for serving gifted students. Must have 30 hours of gifted training and a 6 hour update each year (June 1 – May 31)

Liaison – school representative responsible for disseminating information to staff and communication with the Advanced Academic Office.

Depth and Complexity – further exploration of content within a discipline; analyzing from the concrete to the abstract; extending content between and across the disciplines through study of themes, problems, and issues.

Augmentation/Differentiation – modifying the general education curriculum by adding depth, complexity and pacing.

AP– Advanced Placement – national nonprofit educational association of colleges, universities, and high schools. The program monitors introductory-level college curricula, outlines courses that satisfy the learning objectives of those curricula, and offers these course outlines to high schools, along with support materials and professional development.

Pre-AP – prepares students, especially those traditionally underrepresented, for the challenges offered by the Advanced Placement Program.

IB – International Baccalaureate – The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The three programmes (PYP, MYP, and Diploma) for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are more than 573,000 IB students at 2,146 schools in 125 countries.