Gifted and Talented

Last Updated: 8/15/2018 6:31 PM

Gifted and Talented

Madison School District 321 is dedicated to provide opportunities for cognitive growth on all academic levels.  The purpose of the gifted and talented program is to identify and support the special abilities and needs of this particular population with curriculum options that are commensurate with their abilities. 


Identification process

Identification begins at the end of first grade; all first grade students in the district are given a screener; those who qualify for additional testing are given an individualized assessment.  A cognitive abilities assessment can be given any time of the year to 2nd-5th grade students who are recommended by administration, teachers, or parents to identify eligibility for the program.  Students can be reassessed for the program every two years.  The following are the Identification evaluations:

·       Screener

·       Cognitive Abilities Assessment

·       Identification Matrix

·       IQ derived from the WISC V


Elementary (Grades 2-4) Discovery

The gifted program in Madison School district begins in 2nd grade.  GT facilitators provide enhanced curriculum for students in their respective elementary buildings twice a week.  Engaging student learning that promotes independent thinking is the focus. Fourth grade students have a choice to remain in their regular elementary classrooms or attend the middle school to participate in a self-contained gifted class. 


Middle School (Grades 4-6) AIMs (Alternative Instruction Model)

In an effort to provide the most appropriate learning environment for students, a self-contained gifted class is offered for the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.  The AIMs class has high expectations and moves at a faster pace than the regular classrooms.  Intense rigor is incorporated into the curriculum.  Discovery is provided to the 4th and 5th grade AIM’s students one afternoon a week throughout the year.


Jr. High (Grades 7-9)

Madison Junior High offers a variety of courses to challenge those who are academically gifted.  Enriched History and English classes are available to those who excel academically and enjoy activities outside the regular curriculum.  Math classes are offered at the high school for ninth grade students seeking advanced mathematics. 


Madison High School (Grades 10-12)

Advanced Academic Opportunities

High performing students, as well as, the general student body can take advantage of the advanced academic opportunities provided.  Dual college credit or Advanced Placement college credits are offered.  Ambitious students can achieve an Associate’s degree by graduation. 



Brenda Butikofer
G&T Specialist (Grades 2-5)
359-3315 ext. 3630


Lorraine Weimer
G&T Specialist (Grades 2-5)
359-3315 ext. 3628