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Mission & Philosophy

CSD GIFTED PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Challenge Program is to meet the special needs of intellectually gifted children and provide necessary instructional modifications to increase their metacognition skills.          

CSD GIFTED PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

It is the belief of the Columbia School District that each student has unique needs and abilities and that every consideration should be given to meeting the appropriate instructional level of the student.  Gifted students should be assisted in developing thinking and inquiry skills within a meaningful academic framework and be provided a variety of learning environments.  They should be able to grow and develop by frequent group interaction with mental peers, competent resource persons, multidisciplinary approaches to learning, and differentiated instructional opportunities.  Because of their unique abilities, they should be encouraged to explore their system of values and ethics as well as issues of facts and knowledge.

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