Traut Core Knowledge Elementary

Our vision: "Eucational excellence in knowledge, skills, and character with strong parent-teacher-student partnerships,”

Advanced Learning Plan Information

Gifted and Talented Philosophy

We believe that students learn best when they are challenged to acquire greater knowledge, skills, and character. Students who have an active Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) have undergone Poudre School District Identification Process. State and District policies detail the identification process that is used at Traut Core Knowledge School. Students are identified by a district identification specialist based on specific criteria. The aptitude/abilities test that is used in Poudre School District is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and is administered in the spring of 2nd grade to all our students. In addition to this screener, the Poudre School District utilizes various indicators to complete an identification profile. A student must have three qualifying indicators (at or above 95th percentile in a specific content area) to have an active ALP profile. Once a student has been identified by the Poudre School District as qualified for an ALP in one or more areas, goals are established and programming is decided upon.
The state allows districts to determine the ways in which students with an ALP will receive services to meet their specific needs. Poudre School District allows each school site to make programming decisions. In the area of language arts, we believe that the Core Knowledge Sequence is rich with opportunities to stimulate interest and advanced achievement for our ALP students. We also firmly believe that language arts goals are best met within the classroom by the classroom teacher. Additional programming may be offered in the form of before/after school enrichment opportunities. In the area of creativity, all of our ALP students are encouraged to think and behave in a way that develops this talent. Student activities during the school day, extracurricular activities, and family activities outside the classroom, and before and after school enrichment opportunities help to satisfy this requirement. Mathematics requires a more formalized approach to differentiation. We believe that students’ needs are best met in mathematics when they are able to investigate and deepen their levels of understanding. Mathematics programming can be either within the regular classroom setting, in a pull-out small group setting, or in the form of before/after school enrichment opportunities. This statement aligns with our current MISN philosophy.
We believe that students benefit the most when their education is approached from a partnership with teachers, parents, and students. We encourage parents to be actively involved in their student’s ALP programming and activities. Communication of Advanced Learning Plans and activities is open and valued. Parents are encouraged to stay in contact with their student’s teachers regarding their ALP experience at Traut Core Knowledge School.


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