Middle School Gifted Services
Middle school students have the option of receiving services at their zoned school or making an application to one of three Centers for Gifted Studies during the District Application Period.
PART-TIME GIFTED SERVICESIn the part-time option, gifted students spend a portion of their day with other gifted students. Unlike the elementary pull-out program model, gifted services are part of a student’s regular daily schedule.All Pinellas County middle schools offer part-time gifted services.
The Advanced Academics 6-8 (gifted elective course) is offered in all middle schools. All of the students in the course have met gifted eligibility and instruction is provided by a gifted endorsed teacher. This course is similar to the elementary pull-out program in that it exposes students to topics not usually included in middle school curriculum. The Advanced Academics course topics rotate over the three years of middle school and include: Literature; Social Sciences-Philosophy and Psychology; Social Sciences-Investigating Cultures.This course also includes critical and creative thinking and affective curriculum.
Students who are academically talented in mathematics and/or science have access to accelerated math and science courses in middle school.
In Accelerated Math, students accelerate through 6th grade math by either taking 6th grade math online before middle school or by taking 6th and 7th grade math in a double block in 6th grade (only offered at certain schools). This acceleration option provides students an opportunity to complete two high school credit math courses before entering high school.
In Accelerated Science, students accelerate through 3 years of middle school science in 6th and 7th grade. This acceleration option provides students an opportunity to complete a high school credit science course in their 8th grade year.
Accelerated Math and Science opportunities are offered at all middle schools in Pinellas County and are open to all students (gifted and traditional) who meet the recommended criteria.
FULL-TIME GIFTED SERVICES
In the full-time service option, gifted students are in self-contained classes for all of the core classes: language arts, math, science, social studies, world language, and a specially designed magnet elective. All of the students in these classes have met gifted eligibility. Instruction is provided by gifted endorsed teachers or those working towards their endorsement. This educational setting is designed to be challenging and rigorous with curriculum delivered through instructional strategies that promote creative, critical and complex thinking.
This option is available at the Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies: Dunedin Highland, Morgan Fitzgerald and Thurgood Marshall Fundamental. The Middle School Centers for Gifted Studies are a school within a school magnet model designed to meet the unique academic and social/emotional needs of adolescent gifted students through full-time gifted services.
- NORTH Dunedin Highland Middle School – Students zoned for Dunedin Highland, Carwise, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor & Tarpon Springs Middle Schools are able to apply for a seat in the Center for Gifted Studies at Dunedin. To schedule a tour contact the magnet coordinator at 469-4112
- MID Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School – Students zoned for Largo, Morgan Fitzgerald, Oak Grove, Osceola, Pinellas Park & Seminole Middle Schools are able to apply for a seat in the Center for Gifted Studies at Morgan Fitzgerald. To schedule a tour contact the magnet coordinator at 547-4526.
- SOUTH Thurgood Marshall Middle School – Students zoned for Azalea, Bay Point, John Hopkins, Meadowlawn, Thurgood Marshall & Tyrone Middle Schools are able to apply for a seat in the Center for Gifted Studies at Thurgood Marshall. To schedule a tour contact the magnet coordinator at 552-1737.