Friedell District-Wide

Middle school

Highly Gifted Program

Program Description

The Friedell Middle School Highly Gifted Program is a school within a school. The program is designed to meet the unique educational, social, and emotional needs of highly gifted students in grade 6, grade 7, and grade 8, while still being part of a regular middle school experience. The advanced curricular content focuses students on the depth and complexity of learning and knowledge. Learning key concepts develops students' understanding of the relationships within, between, and among disciplines. Educational challenges promote student opportunities for manipulating information at complex levels by using divergent and higher order thinking models. 

Differentiated instruction is used to meet the sophisticated learning needs of highly gifted students in this program. The program provides a highly rigorous content at an accelerated pace; therefore, this program is not for all students. Students develop a healthy sense of self through an understanding of individual uniqueness; they foster appropriate expectations of self and others, and encourage risk-taking behaviors in intellectual contexts. Students in this program take part in four advanced subject disciplines: science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts. Additionally, these students participate in standard offerings such as music, physical education, and exploratory classes. 

Contact Monica Bowler Gifted Services Coordinator at (507) 328-4275 with questions about our HG Program or to request a HG portfolio for your student.


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