Advanced Academics and GT

  • Advanced classes are designed to provide increased opportunities for students to engage in rich, rigorous curriculum in all facets of academic core classes. Students can be placed in any of the following advanced classes: language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Students are also encouraged to enroll in two full years of foreign language during 7th and 8th grade.

    Students in advanced classes will develop advanced academic abilities, strong reading and writing skills, and an ability to reason and think critically. In addition, students can expect daily homework in advanced classes as well as long-term assignments. Students participate in critical questioning, problem-solving, argumentation, inquiry, and analysis in each subject area. Students will be appropriately placed in classes based on a body of evidence that includes, but is not limited to, assessment scores. Students do not have to be identified as gifted to access advanced classes.  

    Gifted and Talented (GT) District Definition

    The Cherry Creek School District defines gifted and talented students as: children possessing outstanding, abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment which are so exceptional or developmentally-advanced when compared with same-aged peers that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional). Exceptional abilities or potential are present in all ethnic and cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all arenas of human endeavor. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of one or any combination of the following areas of giftedness: 

    • General or specific intellectual ability
    • Specific academic aptitude
    • Creative or productive thinking 
    • Leadership abilities
    • Visual Arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities

    Horizon GT Advisory

    The GT Advisory class is for students who are identified as gifted or are in the gifted talent pool (students who meet some, but not all criteria for gifted identification). In this class, students will learn about the importance of creative and innovative thinking while also engaging in social-emotional learning that is vital to being a well-balanced, independent, life-long learner. In addition, students will have daily access to Horizon’s Gifted Learning Teacher who will help them understand the Advanced Learning Plan and progress monitor the academic and social-emotional goals that are at the heart of that plan.

    Our learning community is our home away from home. Some of the activities and topics we will explore are:

    • Community Circles (weekly)
    • 2nd Step Social-Emotional Learning
      • Understanding relationships
      • Goal-setting
      • Navigating life and middle school
      • Building a stronger sense of self
    • Autonomous Learner Model & Innovator’s Mindset
      • Understand yourself as a learner (intelligence, creativity, giftedness, learning preferences)
      • Skills to tackle learning independently
      • Develop your interests and passions through small-scale independent projects