To accomplish its philosophy, the Montclair Public Schools’ SAIL Program will provide a continuum of services for the exceptional learner, designed to address specific needs and levels of giftedness from Kindergarten through grade 12. Gifted programming options are provided during the regular school schedule.
Kindergarten through Grade 1
Students identified as gifted learners in the primary grades will receive enrichment programming in the general education classroom. Extensions will include adjustments to the curriculum for students who have already mastered grade level material that enhance critical and creative thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving strategies through project-based learning.
Students in elementary and the middle grades will receive enrichment programming in the general education classroom with the aid of a gifted and talented toolkit for teachers. Enrichment programming will include critical and creative thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving strategies through project-based learning. Learners will have the opportunity to experience myriad non-graded learning environments, both traditional and virtual, that offer differentiated curricula that incorporates advanced, conceptually challenging, in-depth, distinctive and complex content for students with gifts.
Students identified as advanced learners in secondary grades will receive academic instruction at the honors and/or advanced placement level in all major content areas and in specialized courses as identified in the Montclair High School Program of Study. Advanced coursework affords students the opportunity to master accelerated curriculum as well as earn college credits through dual enrollment.
Effective differentiated instruction will be available in the general education classroom to ensure that all students meet their highest potential. Differentiation will consist of carefully planned, coordinated learning experiences in ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science that extend the core curriculum, combine the curricular strategies of enrichment and integrate instructional strategies that engage learners at appropriate levels of challenge. In addition, in ELA, diagnostic assessments are used to determine student readiness for reading. Content-area instruction is supported with carefully leveled texts that cover essential content at the "just right" reading level for each student. The guided reading program ensures success in reading, writing, and comprehension and helps move students toward independent reading.