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In order to provide the best educational opportunity for all students, HAART students will be offered higher order thinking activities that challenge them to make connections within and across ...

In order to provide the best educational opportunity for all students, HAART students will be offered higher order thinking activities that challenge them to make connections within and across disciplines. After mastering the core curriculum, these students will receive paced, in-depth and complex assignments. This will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the basic concepts being studied in the classroom based on the student’s talents, abilities and interests, enabling them to reach their highest potential.

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  • 1. HAART H ighlands A dvanced A cademics R ising T ogether
  • 2. PHILOSOPHY of HAART
    • In order to provide the best educational opportunity for all students, HAART students will be offered higher order thinking activities that challenge them to make connections within and across disciplines. After mastering the core curriculum, these students will receive paced, in-depth and complex assignments. This will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the basic concepts being studied in the classroom based on the student’s talents, abilities and interests, enabling them to reach their highest potential.
  • 3. RATIONALE for HAART
    • 1. “Educational equity does not mean educational sameness. Equality respects individual differences in readiness to learn and recognizes the value of each student.” (A Nation Deceived)
    • 2. Society gains from the advancement of all abilities and from the highest development of the talents of all its members. The establishment of adequate programs for advanced students results not in fostering elitism but improving social relations, bettering attitudes and developing an understanding of the unique capabilities of highly able children. Society needs a significant number of highly functioning persons that will carry and lead us into a satisfying and fulfilling future.
    • 3. High ability children often think differently and have different interests from those of their age mates. Many of these students enter school having already developed many of the basic skills at unusually high levels. Almost from the very first day of school many advanced students experience wariness or rejection because they are perceived as “different.” Initiation and innovation are typical traits found in these children resulting in a different view of the world and different educational needs.
  • 4. RATIONALE for HAART
    • 4. HAART teachers will provide a differentiated curriculum that will reflect their students’ unique abilities, interests and talents.
    • 5. When children are limited and restricted in their development they suffer physical and psychological pain. When not allowed to reach beyond what they learned previously, they often become bored, discouraged, frustrated and angry.
    • 6 When the needs of the advanced students are considered and an educational program is designed to meet these needs, these students make significant gains in achievement, and their sense of well-being and competence is nurtured. Appropriate educational experiences will allow the advanced student to grow. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn something new each and every day they come to school.
  • 5. GOALS
    • 1. To provide a learning environment which will be a support for optimizing learning for its students by:
    • A Providing a curriculum which is flexible and responsive
    • B Providing materials at many levels
    • 2. To provide challenging activities by:
    • A Providing continuous assessment to ascertain pace and depth of instructional need
    • B Providing variety, novelty and choice in activities chosen for students
    • C Providing opportunities for students to identify areas of interests
    • D Providing educational components which link Sunshine State Standards
    • with important critical thinking skills (high order/creative thinking, problem solving, etc.)
  • 6.
    • 3. To provide independent learning opportunities
    • by :
    • A Encouraging interest-based research
    • B Setting short and long-term goals
    • C Identifying information management techniques with organizational strategies
    • 4. To provide advanced academics to low socio-economic and limited English proficient students who demonstrate high potential for academic success by:
    • A Providing opportunities to enhance critical thinking skills
    • B Providing training in effective study habits
    GOALS
  • 7. HAART then --
    • began in 2005-2006
    • in grades 4 and 5
    • at 8 schools
    • with a total of 16 classes
  • 8. HAART now – 2008-09
    • in grades 1-5
    • at 9 elementary schools
    • in kindergarten at 2 schools
    • with a total of 55 classes
  • 9. HAART teachers are qualified
    • training in gifted endorsement classes
    • using best practices with high ability students
    • incorporating technology
    • differentiating for students
    • networking with other HAART teachers
    • continuing professional development
  • 10. HAART – their future
    • advanced academic opportunities are available at all middle schools
    • honors and advanced placement classes are available at all high schools
    • International Baccalaureate program being pursued for the county