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 but options vary based on the gifted enrollment of the school.
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.
All middle schools offer advanced courses in math and science. In some schools, gifted services are provided through these courses and are referred to as ALPSS: Accelerated Learning Programs for Secondary Students in Math and Science. These classes are blended classes made up of gifted and academically talented students and are taught by a gifted endorsed teacher. The teacher is expected to differentiate for the gifted students based on their Educational Plan goals. Students who successfully complete the three year course sequence will earn two high school math credits and one high school science credit.
Middle Schools offering ALPSS Math in 2017-18 & 2018-19: Bay Point, Carwise, East Lake, Meadowlawn, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Seminole, and Tarpon Springs.
Middle Schools offering ALPSS Science in 2017-18 & 2018-19: Bay Point, Carwise, Clearwater Fundamental, Madeira Beach Fundamental, Meadowlawn, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Seminole, and Tarpon Springs.
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. 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.
- 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. To schedule a tour contact the magnet coordinator at 469-4112.
- 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. To schedule a tour contact the magnet coordinator at 547-4526.
- 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. To schedule a tour contact the magnet coordinator at 552-1737.