Honors Mathematics is for gifted and talented students who demonstrate mathematical understanding, problem solving, and reasoning skills. This program begins second trimester of grade three and continues through grade eight. Honors Mathematics is offered at all fourteen elementary buildings and all five junior high schools.
Honors Mathematics students are able to demonstrate that they grasp concepts quickly, see patterns, and make connections across disciplines and among operations. Therefore, students progress through the critical objectives, aligned with the Common Core State Standards, at an accelerated rate. An overview of the Honors Math curriculum is available on the Progression of Studies/Coursework
The elementary Honors Mathematics program segues into the Honors Mathematics Program at the five junior high schools. The K-8 aligned critical objectives allow students to complete Algebra I during their eighth grade year and Geometry during their first year of high school.
Project IDEA (Increase and Develop Excellence in Academics), also known as PI, is for gifted and talented students in grades four through eight. The program is offered at all fourteen elementary buildings and at all five junior high schools.
With Project IDEA at the elementary level, students participate in a literacy class, which meets five days per week during the student’s regularly scheduled literacy block. The program seeks to develop, through integration of curriculum, the higher level thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation as well as creative and critical thinking skills. Approximately 40% of the instructional time is spent on traditional gifted activities involving creative and critical problem solving, and approximately 60% of the instructional time is spent on the literacy strands of reading, writing, speaking, and listening aligned with District 203’s curriculum available from your student's classroom teacher.
The Project IDEA curriculum is differentiated to meet the needs of all learners by changing the process, content, product, and/or the learning environment in which students are engaged.
Project IDEA+, also known as PI+, is a magnet program designed for top performing students who have been previously identified for Project IDEA and Honors Mathematics. The Project IDEA+ magnet program for students in grades four and five is housed at Meadow Glens Elementary School. The program for students in grades six through eight is housed at Kennedy Junior High School.
Students in PI+ participate in enriched and accelerated self-contained classes in a humanities strand, which includes the literacy strands integrated with District 203 social science content. The mathematics and science strand includes high school algebra at the seventh-grade level, honors geometry at the eighth-grade level, and freshman level conceptual physics.