• Elementary Cluster Program

    Cluster Grouping: Full-time Services for our Gifted Students

    What is Clustering?
    Groups of 5-8 REACH identified students are placed in a mixed ability classroom with a teacher who has training, or is receiving training, in working with gifted students.

    Why do we Cluster?
    • Teachers can more easily differentiate for the gifted population by providing extended learning opportunities and compacting curriculum.
    • Cluster grouping allows the gifted specialist and classroom teacher to collaborate in order to meet the needs of their gifted learners.
    • This grouping gives the students an opportunity to be with others who think the same way they do. They are more likely to choose challenges when others also participate.
    • Students can be gifted all week long, not just an hour or two a week.

    How will the curriculum be differentiated for the REACH students?
    • Compacting/Extension projects
    • Tiered lessons
    • Greater breadth and depth of subject matter (still addressing the Arizona State Standards)

    What are some other benefits of this program?
    • All students in the classroom receive instruction at the appropriate level of challenge
    • Students are able to work with various groupings, dependent on their needs and the learning objectives
    • Students learn to become more self-directed

    How will the classroom teacher be supported by the REACH teacher?
    • REACH teacher will provide in-service opportunities
    • The REACH teacher will conduct demonstration lessons to set the stage for differentiation
    • The REACH teacher will be available for planning and implementation of differentiated instruction
    • The REACH teacher will provide enrichment activities beyond the classroom
    • The REACH teacher will meet with the identified gifted students on a regular basis to help the students understand their giftedness and their unique social emotional needs.