Gifted and Talented

The Pecatonica Area School District believes that all children are entitled to an education commensurate with their particular needs.  While all students have personal strengths, some have abilities and talents that go beyond the core curriculum.  Such students often require access to differentiated or advanced curriculum in order to realize their potential.  All children learn and experience success given time and opportunity, but the degree to which academic content standards are met and the time it takes to reach the standards will vary from student to student.  The Pecatonica Area School District believes that all students, including advanced learners, should be challenged and supported to reach their full potential.

Examples of how the school district meets the needs of GT students:
+ Grade 4-12 students, both those formally identified and those that are not, are provided enrichment opportunities through the Gifted & Talented Consortium at CESA 3;

+ Grade 4-8 students, both those formally identified and those that are not, are identified to participate in regional competitions in literacy/reading, mathematics and chemistry;

+ Grade 4-5 students are given the opportunity to extend mathematics and literacy learning through ALEKS software;

+ Grade K-5 students are provided opportunities to extend learning in all subject areas through additional enrichment activities provided by the classroom teacher or specialist;

+ Grade 6-8 students are accelerated in Reading, Language Arts/Writing, and/or Mathematics;

+ High School Students are allowed opportunities to take additional courses through UW Extension, UW Connections, APEX, and distance education, under the supervision of a Pecatonica High School teacher-mentor to explore topics of strength and interest;

+ High School Students may personalize their learning experience and work on an independent project with a Pecatonica teacher-mentor for credit, or not for credit;

+ High School Students have opportunities for workshops and job shadowing outside of the building to explore careers or interests.

For more information regarding gifted and talented programming, please contact Ronie Gordon, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, at