Enrichment for Gifted Students

Enrichment courses for gifted students can be found in the form of pull-out, after school, and/or weekend classes.  A successful gifted enrichment program provides students with the opportunity to explore advanced topics.  Enrichment programs should focus on nurturing the gifted mind by providing gifted children with the opportunity to study topics and material that their age-peers may not be yet prepared for.  

Pull-Out Enrichment

Many schools offer pull out programming for identified gifted and talented students.  Some of these programs may meet daily.  Others meet as infrequently as once per week or even once per month.  Typically, these programs allow students to “miss” some portion of their class time to attend a specialized program exclusively for identified gifted and talented students.  

In-Class Enrichment

In-class enrichment options are often a simple way to differentiate for a gifted child.  In some cases, teachers may allow students to work on independent projects after completing the required course work.  In other cases, students may be allotted the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of a given chapter.  After demonstrating mastery, students may be allotted the correlating class time to work on other activities.  

Weekend & After School Enrichment

Some public and private schools run programs, similar to pull-out gifted programs, that meet after-school.  Private centers may also offer your child an opportunity to study more advanced topics after-school or on the weekends.   You may find more options in your child’s area of interest than specific gifted programs.  For example, if your child is interested in math, they might enjoy competetive math.