Gifted and Talented
Hello! My name is Bonita Johnson and I am the gifted and talented specialist at Mabelvale. I love GT and so do the students!
Kindergarten through second grades have GT class once a week for 30-45 minutes. At the end of second grade the students are tested for placement in GT. Students who score above 50% on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and are referred by their classroom teacher will be tested for gifted placement.
Students in third through fifth grade who are identified are pulled out of their classroom for GT. Although the schedules vary, there is 150 miniutes of giftted each week. The students choose their unit of study in which critical thinking, higher order thinking, research and problem solving skills, and state benchmarks are emphasized.
In addition to the current unit of study, gifted students also participate in Math Olympiads, Current Events, and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette's Spelling Bee.