Enrichment / Gifted Education
Full-day kindergarten through fifth grade will have three (3) periods of formal physical education per week, plus daily activities arranged through the classroom teachers. The Middle Schools have physical education/health taught daily by physical education instructors.
Students in full-day Kindergarten through 5th grade will have at least two periods of formal music instruction per week. At the Middle Schools students will have one 9 week period per year of instruction. They may also elect to participate in chorus or band.
Students in grades one through five will have one period of formal art instruction per week. At the Middle Schools students have one 9 week period per year of instruction.
Pre-Engineering Technology, formerly called Applied Technology, is designed to provide authentic math and science experiences to extend concepts learned in these and other subjects. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades will use a variety of technologies, specialized equipment and computer simulations to apply math and science skills.
Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will learn the connection between geography and economics. Applying the knowledge will help students make more informed choices, prudently use resources and function as effective participants in the economies around them.
Kirby School District 140 strives to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. Certified staff work to provide meaningful activities for students in the core academics. The programs are designed to refine and develop skills in areas such as critical thinking, problem solving, research and independent study.
Students will be screened at the end of the 2nd and 5th grade in order to identify those who qualify for the G.A.T.E. or Honors Programs. Students who transfer into a District 140 school are screened upon recommendation of their teacher or parents after nine weeks of enrollment. To be included in the G.A.T.E. or Honors Programs, all students must meet standards established in a selection matrix.
Programs for Gifted Students and Students Eligible for Accelerated Placement
KSD 140 strives to offer each child experiences appropriate to his or her individual needs, interests, and capabilities. Participation in programs shall be determined solely through identification of a child as gifted, talented, or eligible for accelerated placement and will not be conditioned upon race, religion, sex, disability, limited English proficiency, socioeconomic status or any other similar factor. Students with identified extraordinary abilities shall be provided the opportunity to develop their skills. As skills and techniques are mastered, opportunity for exploration of other challenging, interesting, and rewarding methods and subject matter shall be provided through school district programs or activities.
Want more information on academic acceleration programs in Kirby School District 140? Please view our Accelerated Academic Programming Handbook.