What is Talented and Gifted (TAG)?
Extended Learning Mission Statement
The mission of the Burlington Community School District’s Extended Learning Department, in cooperation with staff, families, and the community, is to provide instructional opportunities to challenge students’ thinking and creativity and to promote skills needed to become a self-directed learner and problem solver.
Extended Learning Philosophy
The Burlington Community School District believes that there are students who have exceptional abilities, talents and potential whose needs may not be met by the regular curriculum. The Extended Learning Department provides each of these students with the opportunity to develop to the fullest extent, being limited only by the individual’s capacity for growth.
Each student should have the opportunity to develop the skills, concepts, and attitudes necessary to pursue his/her interests through participation in activities appropriate to his/her level of achievement.
The district uses a multi-step process to screen and identify students who perform or show potential to perform at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creativity, and visual and/or performing arts. The system for identifying students for services is based upon multiple criteria. The Extended Learning identification team reviews the collection of qualitative and quantitative data to determine programming options for students who have demonstrated need.
Delivery of Services
Extended Learning is flexible and responsive to individual needs. It includes a variety of options for developing each student’s abilities. The programming options vary from the elementary through the high school level, but all are part of a continuum of services.