|What is REACH?
Direct pullout services (REACH classes) are offered to our third through seventh graders. Formal identification begins during the fourth quarter for our second graders and continues throughout seventh grade. A minimum of 150 minutes of direct services for our gifted and talented students is scheduled weekly in block segments. Beginning in 7th grade, we offer Pre-AP, AP, and concurrent course offerings for students in 7th -12th grades.
Indirect services are also added to this design in the form of differentiation through compacting, independent contracts, tiered learning assignments, and teacher team meetings.
Along with our REACH classes, many school's have instituted a School-wide Enrichment Model, (SEM) to meet the needs of each campus at the elementary and middle school levels (K-5 and 6-7-8). Our SEM programs are designed to nurture talent development for "all" students, not just for our identified gifted and talented populations. Some of our SEM offerings include creative problem solving, Odyssey of the Mind, Quiz Bowl, Stock Market Game, creative writing, Speech Clubs, collaborative teaming, lunch time book chats, curriculum extensions, Chess, Knowledge Master Competitions, Word Master Competitions, ESOL enrichment and many more.
Contact your school's REACH facilitator for more information. For high school students feel free to contact Beth Carnes, Director of Gifted Programs at bcarnes@rps,k12.ar.us