Advanced Academic Enrichment

Robbinsville Schools are committed to meeting the needs of all learners. In order to address the needs of our students who require advanced academic enrichment, we have developed a program that integrates differentiated strategies and expanded enrichment opportunities within the classroom, as well as pull-out exploratory experiences.

Advanced learners are those students who demonstrate a high level of aptitude in relation to their chronological peers. If they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities, they require modifications to their educational program. This represents about 3-4% of students in grades 1-5.

All students in grades K-4 are given screening assessments in the spring. These may include: SAGES (Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary Students), TOMAGS (Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students), math and reading MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests, End-of-Year math test, DRAs (Developmental Reading Assessments), and open-ended writing and math responses. Students in grades 5-7 are also given screening assessments in the spring. These may include: math and reading MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests, End-of-the-Year math test, Running Records reading assessments, and open-ended writing and math responses. As each child develops at different rates, all students will be reevaluated for eligibility each year. Please see below for more information about our enrichment program.

Grades 1-5:

Students in grades 1-5 who qualify for ELA enrichment, regularly meet to focus on various common core state standards. Students read and discuss literature to comprehend it on an in-depth level. Students apply cause and effect, compare and contrast, conclusions and inferences, and sequence of events to the discussions and their writing. Students in grades 3 and 4 also work on advanced vocabulary development by learning new words and incorporating them into different types of analogies.

Students in grades 1-4 who qualify for math enrichment, regularly work together to develop a deeper understanding of various mathematical concepts. Attribute blocks, Tangrams, pattern blocks, fraction circles, puzzles, games, Pentominoes, and word problems are used to create challenging lessons that promote learning.

Grades 6-8:

In grades 6-8 Advanced Academic Enrichment, students work to sharpen and challenge their literacy skills through the creation of Passion Projects and participation in Book Clubs. Students create an individualized Passion Project where they conduct research on a subject they are adamant about or want to learn more about. Passion Projects can include: blog creations, play writing, website creations, "how-to" presentations, songwriting, and poetry books. However, students are not limited in what they create; the possibilities for learning and sharing are endless! In addition, students participate in Book Clubs centered around a text meant to challenge and enhance their literacy skills. Through book clubs, students also work on their speaking, listening, and collaboration skills while posing questions, reactions, and analysis both digitally and in person. Finally, students create written extensions to their book club texts, in the form of either creative or argument/informative writing.

For students who need enrichment in Math, we offer accelerated math courses in grades 6-8.

Grades 9-12:

Students at Robbinsville High School will have many opportunities to demonstrate their advanced academic standing through Honors and Advanced Proficiency classes. These classes are offered through a variety of subjects and can be taken throughout their time at RHS. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Dual Enrollment and the JumpStart Program with Mercer County Community College.

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