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Mrs. Amy Geraci

TAG Program Coordinator





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Talented and Gifted Program



 Belief Statement

​The Academy District 20 Gifted Education Program is dedicated to excellence by maximizing the potential and meeting the exceptional educational and affective needs of identified Gifted students from diverse populations.  The Academy District 20 Gifted Education Program provides Gifted students opportunities for intellectual challenge, engaging enrichments, and dynamic programming resulting in maximum growth.  We strive to inspire creativity, passion for learning, leadership, and social responsibility.
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Discovery Canyon Campus offers unique challenges to gifted students through both the wide array of academic courses, including Honors and Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, as well as a variety of co-curricular activities and clubs. The TAG Coordinator, in conjunction with counselors, teachers, parents and the gifted student work together to place students in classes and enrichment activities which meet the individual needs of the gifted learner. Classroom teachers plan curriculum according to individual students needs supported by the TAG Coordinator.


TAG Services include, but are not limited to:
  • Assessment of student need
  • Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) for highly gifted students
  • SMART Goal creation for Area of Giftedness students
  • Curriculum extensions and enrichments for identified ALP and Area of Giftedness students
  • Resource assistance and support for classroom teachers
  • Mentorship with community participation
  • Independent study for individual students
  • Staff development and training for teachers who work with gifted students
  • Opportunities for parents to meet and learn more about giftedness
TAG Performance Standards
Students will:
  • Engage in accelerated and/or in-depth curricular extensions
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills
  • Conduct authentic research
  • Exhibit advanced critical thinking at appropriately challenging levels
  • Demonstrate the use of insightful creative thinking
  • Learn to understand and maximize their talents and abilities


The mission of the Discovery Canyon Campus Talented and Gifted Program is to maximize the potential and meet the unique educational and affective needs of identified TAG students, grades three through twelve, and provide challenging opportunities, intellectual stimulation, and differentiated programming for all students throughout the Discovery Canyon Campus. The Talented and Gifted Coordinators strive to support the DCC foundational principal of math and science curriculum integration and the International Baccalaureate Programme philosophy.


Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA)

" 'Gifted Children' means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:


·         General or Specific Intellectual Ability

·         Specific Academic Aptitude

·         Creative or Productive Thinking

·         Leadership Abilities

·         Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical, Dance, or Psychomotor Abilities"

                                                                                   (12.01 (16) ECEA Rules, 2015)