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MARCOS DE NIZA HIGH SCHOOL Gifted Program Orientation Leah Lang, Coordinator of Gifted Services
How Did You Get Here? Students are identified as Gifted by scoring in the 97 th percentile on a standardized test. Most here took the TUHSD Honors Placement Test. CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) Others may have previous tests or will test “Gifted” after starting high school (PSAT, etc.).
Haven’t Taken Honors/Gifted Test? Final chance is Sat, Jan. 25, 2014 McClintock High School Online Registration: Or call for more information
* online open enrollment applications are available on our district website. *Applications must be submitted online by February 1. *Turn in a complete MdN registration packet to the front office at MdN by Feb. 3 rd. Marcos de Niza Open Enrollment?
MdN Gifted Philosophy Student-focused program, family-centered Offers opportunities that are Individualized Flexible Developmental Partnership between family, student, and school
Gifted Coordinator Duties Develops and monitors Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) with students Coordinates resources for students Academic programs GATS club/activities Works with faculty and staff to develop Individual accommodations Awareness and opportunities for special programs
Individualized Learning Plans ILPs are a plan between the gifted coordinator, student, and family Include several components 4-year academic plan College and career preparation ECAP (Education Career Action Plan Use Kuder Navigator website & Canvas account Utilize the Whole Person Approach
The Whole Person Approach Academics Co & Extra Curricular Activities GPA Class Rank Test Scores Academic Challenge & Rigor Clubs & Sports Leadership Community Service Other Activities Honors & Awards
Value of the Whole Person Develops each student to his/her fullest potential Maximizes the high school experience Prepares students for consideration by competitive colleges/universities
MdN Honors Courses 27 Honors courses Rigorous core and elective classes Offered at all grade levels Weighted rank points awarded Eligibility is determined by score on honors/gifted test Teacher recommendation/current grades may also be used
MdN Dual Enrollment Courses 35 Dual Enrollment (DE) courses Core and elective classes Offered at all grade levels Rio Salado College courses at MdN with college-certified MdN teachers Financial assistance is available Both high school &college credit are earned upon successfully completing the course Credit is accepted at in-state public universities and many out- of-state universities. Check for college equivalency credit at specific universities at az.transfer.org
MdN AP Courses 15 Advanced Placement (AP) courses Offered at all grade levels Gain college level skills Earn college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college by taking the AP Test in May Check for college equivalency credit at specific universities https://apscore.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/se arch-credit-policies
Gifted-only Courses Designed for highly-focused gifted students Offered to juniors and seniors Advanced Studies Specialized independent study project, or Enrollment in college coursework Honors Professional Internship Program High-level internship opportunity Work with a professional mentor Designed to give student career insight
High School Registration Info. Counselors visit each feeder middle school Early-mid January: Registration Orientation Late Jan.: Actual Registration (collect & process paperwork) 8 th Grade Open House Monday, January 13 th at 6:00 pm Meet department representatives, coaches, club sponsors
Scheduling Recommendations for Gifted Students Most competitive colleges require 4 years: English, Math, Science 3-4 years: Foreign Language 4 years: Social Science 1+ year: Fine Art 6 classes x 4 years = 24 credits Graduation requirement is 23 credits
Competitive Track Full load with as many Honors classes as possible Aimed at producing the top 5-10% of the class Only one “free” class choice per year All others are Honors or Required Freshman: English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, PE, and elective Sophomore through senior: add Social Studies in place of PE
Honors Scheduling Considerations Take Honors classes in areas of strength and interest to provide a challenge, demonstrate academic rigor, boost class ranking Take PE, Health, and other non-Honors classes during Summer School to open opportunities for electives Math Placement Freshman Year is based on the fall and spring Final Exam grades in 8 th Grade.
G.P.A. vs Rank Points G.P.A. Rank points An “A” in a regular class = 4.0=4 rank points An “A” in an Honors/AP class =4.0 =5 rank points Grade points Grade points A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 F = 0 Rank points (Honors/AP) A = 5 B = 4 C = 3 D = 2 F = 0
G.P.A. vs. Rank Points Calculation of Class Rank Class rank is computed by calculation of a student’s total rank points. 1 st Core courses that are weighted 2 nd Core courses that are not weighted 3 rd Non-core courses that are weighted 4 th Non-core courses that are not weighted
Downside of Competitive Track Typically involves 18 Honors classes in 24-credit high school transcript: Issues of overload and stress Can ruin motivation, grades, overall happiness Balance challenging work load and the ability to be a “teenager”
Individual Track An option for students with different academic and career pursuits Less emphasis on competitive track classes and objectives More emphasis on helping students transition into and out of high school, and with making life choices Focused on personal interests and out-of-school experiences
Bottom Line Freshman year is a transition year Classes will be more challenging Workload will increase More activities in which to participate: more opportunity for “positive” distraction High school is flexible Can do all three core classes Honors or just one or two Honors Consider all of this when selecting classes
Honors & AP Drop/Add Policy Be sure to read the Registration Information in the Registration book you will receive in January Students may change to a regular level of the same course prior to the end of the 6 th week of the semester, but not earlier than the 4 th week. Date of Parent/Teacher Conference Teacher and Department Chair must agree There must be room in the regular section Your entire schedule may have to change Teachers are staffed based upon your initial scheduling decisions; choose correctly the first time
National Honor Society The fall of junior year List of eligible students Class rank GPA Teachers nominate – from list of eligible students Very important you remind your previous teachers who you are early in the year. Students are invited to apply Applications include essays Important to have leadership Important to have extracurricular activities Important to have community service If not selected Junior year – keep up grades, make changes, apply senior year.
THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
The Padre Experience Marcos Scholars Malachai Payne Casey Silva Lily Wick Christina Winkler
Want a head start as to what our current students and parents see? Visit the Marcos de Niza website and Counseling page. https://www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/mdn/ Marcos Guidance https://twitter.com/MarcosGuidance
Next Step… Turn in Student and Parent Questionnaires or bring them to the ILP meeting Sign up for ILP session (I will send you a reminder)
Thank you for coming! Questions? If you have further questions or concerns contact Leah Lang: