Teaching & Learning

There are two highly regarded methods for gifted instruction that Orchard Farm utilizes. They have been extensively researched, and numerous case studies and group studies support positive learning and emotional outcomes for each. These methods are used in both the gifted classroom and regular classroom settings. The "least imperfect" gifted learning environment incorporates a combination of both.


This refers to the advancement of learners by permitting them to work ahead to content that is academically at their level. This can occur in the regular classroom, a gifted room, or an advanced grade classroom. Consider these examples:
  • A first grader visits a second grade classroom for reading
  • A fifth grader receives an alternate assignment of algebra problems while her peers complete the standard assignment.
  • An eighth grade student reads a novel in CATS class that is typically read in high school


Enrichment is grade-level content repackaged or put to a new purpose. Enrichment allows for grade level standards to be learned with more complexity and creativity. 

  • First graders are learning about plants, and Jack has already mastered the basics. His teacher allows him to use his class time to conduct research about a particular plant he is interested in, then conduct a plant experiment with light deprivation.
  • While the anatomy class studies how the brain works, Josh researches and prepares a presentation about abnormal brain function, and case studies and disabilities associated with brain dysfunction.

Enrichment can involve an independent study type of project, exploration of student interests or career, or creative expression. Students can explore fields within a discipline. 




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