The mission of the Lopez G/T program is to maximize the potential of gifted and talented students by providing a program that will match the unique characteristics and needs of the students by offering a challenging and accelerated curriculum.
Support for Gifted students begins with the classroom teacher in all grades K-5. All Lopez teachers are trained in diverse instruction that allows students to progress at a pace appropriate to their abilities, talents, and learning styles. 21st Century Skills are put into play at all levels. Inquiry/project based and technology driven projects in science, geography, and socials studies are designed by teachers and the Gifted and Talented teacher.
Literacy: The needs of Gifted Language Arts students are addressed in leveled readers and novels. Instruction is student centered and discussion around theme and key concepts is encouraged. Grade acceleration for students is available when necessary.
Mathematics: Fifth grade students who qualify for advanced math instruction will be cluster-grouped and receive instruction at the 6th grade level with Poudre School District's Everyday Math curriculum. Students will be assessed at the end of 5th grade for eligibility into the Accelerated Math Program, which begins at middle school. Typically more students enter the Accelerated Math Program from Lopez than any other school. In 2010-2011, 30% of Lopez 5th grade students qualified for the Accelerated Math Program at Webber!
Our daily "WIN" (What I Need) is our intervention/exploration block. G/T and highly motivated students will have the opportunity to explore and extend their thinking for 30 minutes daily using their creativity and technology to show their understanding of the objective. Choice charts will allow students to pick areas of study that interest them as well as provide opportunities to create projects and demonstrate knowledge to peers.