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    Elementary School:

    A description of our services:

    SEARCH - KG-3rd Grade

    Cardinal Ridge Gifted Resource Teacher delivers interactive, bi-weekly lessons to all children in grades K-3. SEARCH lessons are developed to foster an environment that encourages students to take intellectual risks and to develop an excitement for learning and discovery across a variety of thinking skills. The curriculum spirals developmentally through five components:  reasoning, perceiving, connecting, evaluating, and creating. 

    FUSION - 4th & 5th Grade

    The school-based, collaborative FUSION program is a new model for delivering gifted services for formally identified 4th and 5th grade gifted learners. FUSION, formerly FUTURA, provides gifted services for students at their home schools. A gifted resource teacher collaborates with classroom teachers to challenge gifted learners in their regular classrooms by enriching and extending the general curriculum.  In addition, gifted learners meet in the Gifted Resource Room for two-hour sessions to collaborate on a variety of challenging, project-based learning activities designed to integrate the five C's of 21st century learning: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Contribution to Real-World Problem-Solving.

    DCI - 4th & 5th Grade

    Beginning in Spring 2022, the LCPS Gifted Education Department added a new level of gifted services for 4th and 5th grade students. It is called Differentiated Classroom Instruction or DCI. Students who, during the gifted evaluation process, demonstrated exceptional performance in one domain, language arts or mathematics, were found in need of DCI in their area of strength. Students are identified for DCI mathematics and DCI language arts--or, on occasion, both domains.The gifted resource teacher will meet weekly with DCI students to provide enrichment via deeper learning, rigor, and hands-on, project-based learning. 


    The EDGE program’s mission is to identify, nurture, and challenge high-potential students who have been historically underrepresented in LCPS advanced academic and gifted programs. The classroom and gifted resource teachers work in tandem to promote academic rigor, foster a growth mindset, and prepare these young learners for more challenging and rigorous academic pathways.



Last Modified on September 15, 2023