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Gifted and Talented

Embrace your giftedness


GATE Gifted and Talented Education announces
academic year programming

Two programs for highly motivated and highly capable students
  • CHAMP Cooperative Highly Accelerated Mathematics Program
    • Year 1: Algebra 1 and 2
    • Year 2: Geometry and Pre-calculus
  • ISHALL Intensive Studies in Humanities, Arts, Language and Literature
Location: Avondale School District
Learn more about the CHAMP: Math Program here.
Learn more about the ISHALL Program here.
Learn more about MSU GATE here.

Welcome to Avondale Gifted and Talented!

Meet Teacher Ms. Kate Martin - click here

Meet Teacher Ms. Michelle Gierman - click here

Download Ms. Martin's classroom newsletter here.
Download the Student Scoop from Ms. Gierman's class here.

Woodland Elementary Principal Arryn Schneider

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator 

Download the program brochure here.

Avondale Gifted and Talented Program

Giftedness occurs in many different disciplines, 
in many different cultures, and in all socioeconomic levels. Identification should be based on multiple measures of success, including achievement and aptitude tests, teacher referrals and observations, parent referrals, and portfolio submissions.

Students identified as gifted, no matter what area of giftedness, deserve to be challenged and helped to reach their full potential. Gifted students should be offered the chance to expand their knowledge base and develop their special talents.

Differentiation of gifted learners should occur in the classroom, including offering different content, process, and products for these learners.

Gifted students' social and emotional needs should also be addressed as they may develop in different ways than their peers. 

Mission Statement
To meet the unique academic, social, and emotional needs or gifted students.

Guiding Principles
Educational experiences fit the needs for each student
Ability based and mixed age academic groupings
Support for the social and emotional needs of student population

Key Values
High academic standards
Individual learning paths unique to each student

Woodland Elementary
Woodland Elementary, located in Troy near the Rochester Hills border, will house the Avondale Gifted and Talented program. The unique design of the building and arrangement of classrooms connected by large-group learning spaces supports the type of non-traditional teaching and learning prevalent in a gifted and talented classroom.

State-of-the-art and safe facilities invite children to explore and learn and grow under the direction of the highly-qualified Woodland Elementary staff.

The Kindergarten through fifth-grade student population is representative of the rich diversity celebrated throughout the Avondale School District. As the Home of the Wildcats, the staff, students and parents share a proud sense of community and a solid commitment to student success.

Parent Resources

Nancy Bailey blogs about Gifted and Talented - here.
Michigan Association for Gifted Children - here.
National Association for Gifted Children - here.
Gifted in Michigan - here.
Supporting Gifted Learners - here.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) - here.

Joshua Raymond writes about the importance
of gifted education (click on the title)
Gifted and Talented
Schools of Choice Option

Students living outside of the Avondale School District boundaries have the option to enroll in our 
Gifted and Talented program through the State of Michigan Schools of Choice plan.

The window for accepting Schools of Choice application will open in the Spring. 
The dates for the window will be determined in January, 2017 by the Avondale Board of Education.

If you would like to be notified of the dates for Schools of Choice enrollment, email
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