Middle School Gifted Programs

Dimensions Academy, Nobel

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Middle School Dimensions Academy Information Night - virtual Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
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Middle School Nobel Information Night - virtual Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
7 - 7:45 p.m.
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Dimensions Academy - Oak Grove and Olson Middle Schools

The Dimensions Academy (DA) program challenges and inspires academically gifted students to progress from being passive “knowledge consumers” to become knowledge producers, critical thinkers and innovative creators. By engaging in research and project-based opportunities students have the opportunity to drive their own learning in a way that has long lasting impacts and implications for self and the world around them. 

Learning experiences include academic competitions such as National History Day, the ArcGIS mapping contest, high altitude weather ballooning, and field research at Richardson Nature Center. Our program is designed to meet the unique educational and social/emotional needs of academically gifted children in grades 6-8. 

DA middle school students are grouped together for core subject areas and the remainder of their schedule is integrated with their grade level peers. 

All students must apply for middle school Dimensions Academy regardless of past participation in gifted and talented programs in elementary school.

Dimensions Academy Overview

  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Language arts

  • 95 percent or higher on MAP reading and math scores or comparable  achievement test
  • 95 percent or higher on at least two subtests of an IQ test or the CogAT test of cognitive abilities.  Please note that IQ testing must be administered by an approved licensed psychologist/psychiatrist.
  • Strong teacher and parent recommendations
  • Recommendation form from teacher or other education professional - out of district applicants only
  • Applicants with the highest cumulative scores are placed first. District students are given priority. 

Nobel - Valley View Middle School

Nobel is designed to develop the talents of  highly creative students through a rigorous humanities approach. Focusing on critical thinking and creativity, students engage in a rich curriculum connecting literature, social sciences, philosophy and the arts. 

Inspired by Alfred Nobel and his legacy of celebrating outstanding contributions in fields such as literature, physics, and peace, this program is designed to build habits of scholarship and inspire students to embrace their own leadership capabilities to positively impact their world.

Nobel middle school students are grouped together for core classes and the remainder of their schedule is integrated with their grade level peers.  

All students must apply for middle school Nobel regardless of past participation in gifted and talented programs in elementary school. 

Nobel Program Overview

  • Nobel Expanded Art
  • Nobel Language Arts
  • Nobel Social Studies

  • MAP reading score of 85 percent or higher or comparable  achievement test. Placement points as follows:
    • 85-89 percent = 1 point
    • 90 percent and higher = 2 points
  • Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT). Students are scored on eleven verbal and figural categories of creativity. Placement points are awarded as follows on each category:
    • 51-69 percent = 1 point
    • 70-89 percent = 2 points
    • 90 percent and higher = 3 points
  • Strong teacher and parent recommendations
  • Recommendation form from teacher or other education professional - out of district applicants only
  • Applicants with the highest cumulative scores are placed first. District students are given priority.

Middle School Math Placement

Due to the wide range of math abilities, students are placed in a math class appropriate to their readiness and ability level. 

Grade Grade level math

1 Year Advanced Test scores 95 percent or higher

2 Year Advanced Test scores 99 percent or higher

6 Regular Math 6 Math 7 Algebra 8
7 Regular Math 7 Algebra 8

Intermediate Algebra 9
Includes high school credit and grade

8 Regular Algebra 8

Intermediate Algebra 9
Includes high school credit and grade

Honors Geometry 10
Includes high school credit and grade

 

For all Learners

In addition to the Dimensions Academy and Nobel programs, Gifted and Talented staff work with all middle schools to support staff in differentiated instruction and support students with options for advanced learning and enrichment. Learn how we support advanced learners in BPS middle schools.