Talent Development and Advanced Academics

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Academically talented students in SoWashCo are those learners who by virtue of outstanding abilities are capable of high performance when compared to others of similar age, experience, or environment, and represent the diverse populations of our communities. Students capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability. The potential of these learners may be developed more fully through differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided in the core curriculum.  It is important to note that not all gifted children look or act alike. Remarkable academic talent exists in every personality type, demographic group and segment of society. 
(Adapted from MN Department of Education, United States Department of Education and National Association of Gifted Children)

For more information about the characteristics of academically talented learners, please see the Traits of Giftedness

Explore the Organizing for Distance Learning tools below to support learning at home.

Organizing Distance Learning for Elementary Families
Organizing Distance Learning for Middle and High School Students

At Home Enrichment Resources for Elementary Students

Explore the SoWashCo At Home Enrichment Resources website for activities and support that extend learning at home during the 2020-21 school year for Elementary students. 

(U of MN Talented Youth in Mathematics Program)

UMTYMP (pronounced "um-tee-ump") is an accelerated program for students for are highly talented in mathematics offered through the Mathematics Center for Educational Programs at the University of Minnesota.  Students in grades 5-7 may take a placement test for enrollment in this program.  This is an extremely rigorous, time intensive program that is not appropriate for all talented math students. If you would like to read more information regarding UMTYMP, please visit their website at https://cse.umn.edu/mathcep/about-umtymp

Students who take the placement test through UMTYMP and are offered a space in an UMTYMP math course for the following school year will receive high school credits towards graduation.  Consistent with district policy, UMTYMP courses completed while in middle school will be a part of a student’s transcript but will not be calculated as a part of their high school Grade Point Average.  

In a traditional year, UMTYMP placement tests generally start in February.  However, placement tests are currently postponed until further notice.   They have created a Google Form that allows you to request to receive further information when placement testing schedules become available.  The Google Form is located at https://cse.umn.edu/mathcep/how-join-umtymp.

Please contact the Mathematics Center for Educational Programs with any questions or to gather further information about the UMTYMP program.