Students entering the AGATE program at elementary school should be able to read independently at least at their own grade level. Most students read considerably above grade level. The students enjoy developing a rich vocabulary and know how to find the meaning of unfamiliar words. They comprehend literal and figurative meanings in the text. They can infer and draw conclusions. They make connections between what they are reading to other texts, to themselves, and to the world around them.
Students entering the AGATE program at elementary school are learning to do creative, expository, and persuasive writing that is organized, developed, original, and insightful. Students are expected to follow conventions of spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage on all final-draft written work that they hand in.
SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE
Students who enter the AGATE program should have the inquiring mind, the curiosity, and the task commitment that will make independent activities and research projects both successful and enjoyable. They will learn the steps of the research process: picking a topic, generating questions, finding resources, gathering and organizing information, preparing the final product, presenting, and doing a self-evaluation. They should become comfortable working independently and refine their ability to follow written and oral directions.
Students in the AGATE program should consistently demonstrate (both orally and in written work) their ability to generalize, elaborate, conceptualize, make connections, and think critically, creatively, and abstractly.
Thinking skills are integrated into all the AGATE curriculum. Projects and activities require students to use creative problem-solving techniques, decision-making skills, brainstorming, convergent and divergent thinking, and all levels of Bloom: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.
Time issues can cause problems for individual students. Gifted students often are talented in one or more areas and may want to pursue many activities, leading to what has been called the "over-programmed child syndrome." Music lessons, drama groups, dance classes, art lessons, and sports, all take time, energy, discipline, and commitment.
Parents need to make sure their children have time for friends, relaxation, fun, dinner and family time. Many parents solve the time problems by letting their child participate in only one or two extra activities at a time.