willow creek

middle school

Program Overview
WHO: Gifted and talented children and youth are those students with outstanding abilities, identified at preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. These students are capable of high performance when compared to others of similar age, experience, and environment, and represent the diverse populations of our communities. These are students whose potential requires differentiated and challenging educational programs and /or services beyond those provided in the general school program. Student’s capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability in any one or more of the following areas: general intellectual, specific academic subjects, creativity, leadership, and visual and performing arts. (Minnesota Department of Education)

WHAT: Students in Willow Creek Middle School are identified for Gifted Services through a formal process which includes collecting data from multiple sources to determine the best possible match between available services and learner needs. We have developed a menu of services to meet the needs of our gifted and talented learners.
Please refer to the Summary for a complete list of services.

RAMP stands for Rochester Accelerated Math Program. It is designed to meet the needs of high ability math students who have been identified through a specificed process. Students can be accelerated starting in 6th grade. Students are re-evaluated each year to ensure proper placement. 

Honors Classes are designed for students who need additional challenge in English, Science and Social Studies. The content of the Honors classes will be similar to the grade level classes; however, the class will move at a faster pace, go into greater depth, and require a greater degree of independence on the part of the student. The Honors classes are not accelerated high school classes taught at the middle school; therefore, a student will NOT earn high school credit or a high school grade.

Literature Groups are designed for students who love to read and engage in in-depth discussions of novels, poetry, or plays. The groups will begin for those students who have registered and returned permission slips. Literature groups are held outside of the regular classroom and begin in mid to late October and end in May.


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