Advanced Learners Program

  • Teachers and counselors who have training and experience working with exceptional learners, with the support of our Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Sarah Schnack
  • Curriculum that is differentiated to meet the needs of individual students
  • A focus on deep, complex thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Opportunities for students to follow their passions and interests
  • Goal-setting (both academic and non-academic) and progress monitoring
  • Cluster grouping within a heterogeneous classroom for Gifted and Talented Learners
  • Regular updates to parents about their child’s goals and progress, opportunities for enrichment outside of the school day, and the joys and challenges of parenting exceptional learners

Many of our students are advanced in non-academic areas, including leadership, athletics, and the arts. ISP continues to provide opportunities for students to pursue excellence in those areas, both within the classroom and in our teams and After School Activities.

How students are identified for participation in the Advanced Learners Program:

ISP uses a wide range of tools to allow us to identify those students who would benefit most from curriculum extension and enrichment. We examine data from the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT3) and the MAP assessment, which give us information about students’ aptitude and performance. Parents and teachers complete rating scales for learning behaviors, and we consider those recommendations carefully, in addition to the performance of students in the regular classroom.

If a student is not identified for participation in the Advanced Learners Program at this time, he or she is eligible to be considered in future years. Additionally, ALL students at ISP will benefit from opportunities to engage in rich, complex thinking and tasks.

For more information contact our Gifted and Talented Coordinator Sarah Schnack at