GIFTED AND TALENTED
FOSTERING CONTINUED ACADEMIC GROWTH AND EXCELLENCE
At Torah Day School, we welcome the challenge to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. Approximately 1/3 of our student body is eligible for talent search programs based on their standardized test scores.
TDSD’s Principal, Dr. Chana Ruderman, has a master’s degree in gifted and talented education, and works with teachers to meet the needs of these students in numerous ways.
- The primary aim is to make sure that the student’s regular courses offer an appropriate level of challenge. Research shows that intermittent pull-out programs, while often exciting, are not the most important way to address a gifted child’s needs. Teachers are asked to differentiate with learning contracts, special projects, and small group work on challenge materials.
- TDSD has an open-minded attitude toward grade acceleration, and follows an identified process to make these decisions. Single-subject acceleration, particularly in math, is an often-used approach.
- TDSD’s resource coordinator includes gifted-and-talented needs among the areas of her focus.
At the middle school level:
- TDSD is proud to take part of the various initiatives of the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE), and was among the first Dallas schools to participate in the Excellence 2000 program for gifted students in science and math, and in the new Engineering initiative, which TDSD offers to 8th graders.
- TDSD offers and honors and regular track in math to 7th and 8th graders, and sometimes also to 6th graders. Extremely unique math needs are approached through innovative blended learning that combines computer-assisted learning with opportunities for live teacher contact.