The Young Scholars (YS) program is a model that has been adapted from Fairfax County and ISD 196 Public Schools. Committed professionals from District 622 use this approach to find and identify students from underserved populations with high potential who are not likely to be considered for gifted programs using traditional methods of identification, and who, without that opportunity, are less likely to pursue advanced levels of learning on their own. Historically, these students have lacked access to gifted services, advocates for their high potential, and affirmation of their advanced abilities.
Young Scholars promotes the notion of nurturing, guidance, and support for continuous academic growth beginning in kindergarten. Early identification coupled with early intervention allow each Young Scholars school to provide learning experiences that strengthen basic skills and require students to apply knowledge at a more complex level. At each YS school, classroom teachers in collaboration with the Young Scholars Specialist will observe students, collect anecdotal records, review test scores and identify scholars who have gifted potential. Once identified, Young Scholars will receive a variety of enrichment designed to support and nurture advanced academic abilities. Teachers
design curriculum and instruction that allow students to question, explore, and investigate content and ideas. Summer Day Camp will provide Young Scholars with challenging learning experiences with intellectual peers.
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To watch a video on ISD 622's Young Scholars program, please visit:https://www.isd622.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=205