Gifted Services
Able Learner

2990 80th St. E.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
p: 651-306-7806
f: 651-306-7295

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Program Tours

Atheneum: If you are interested in learning more about the Atheneum Program, please click here for tour dates and information.

Middle School or High School: If you would like to schedule a tour at Inver Grove Heights Middle School or Simley High School following one of the tours listed above, please contact Middle School Guidance Counselor Jill Heasley at 651-306-7206 or Simley Guidance Counselor Kris DeVries at 651-306-7005.

Cluster Classrooms at All Elementary Schools

Many of our Cluster teachers completed writing time in the areas of math and Language Arts over the summer. A wide variety of classroom resources have been purchased to support the addition of more rigorous learning opportunities. Advanced books and discussion guides (from the College of William and Mary) will be used for literary discussion groups in the cluster classrooms. Word Masters, a competition that focuses on vocabulary and engages verbal reasoning through the study of analogies, will be implemented in cluster classrooms in grades three through five. As in previous years, Brainboosters Math Enrichments, Jr. Great Books (grades 3-5), Pancakes and Poetry and Destination ImagiNation will also be available to Able Learners.

Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program at Salem Hills

The program began with third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in 2002. Since that time, Atheneum has expanded to include second-graders.

Students in the Atheneum Magnet Program have to meet eligibility criteria determined by a district identification committee. Students invited to participate have been tested and found to be in the superior range of cognitive ability. The program’s mission is to provide a self-contained classroom option for these students to enhance the daily academic rigor that will motivate and challenge this group of learners.

Middle School Programming
Atheneum at the middle school has had a face lift. Since the fall of 2005, Atheneum students have been grouped with other able learners for honors classes. We will continue to have advanced classes as well. In prior years our middle school able learner offerings included math, language arts and reading. We have expanded our offerings to include honors social studies and science and advanced social studies and science courses.

Ongoing training and support on curriculum differentiation is held for all teachers who are involved with able learner program students.

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