Types of Services

  • Differentiated Instruction

    Modifying curriculum and instruction according to content, process, or product to meet unique student needs in the classroom.

    Cluster Grouping

    A grouping assignment utilized for gifted students in a heterogeneous classroom.  Typically five or six gifted students with similar needs, abilities, or interests are “clustered” in the same classroom.  This allows the teacher to more effectively differentiate assignments for a group of advanced learners rather than one or two students.

    After School Enrichment Clubs

    Interest related clubs that meet after school hours.  Participation is voluntary and transportation is not provided.  Examples include but are not limited to Engineering Club, Chess Club, Ecology Club, etc.

    Independent Study

    A self-directed learning strategy where the teacher acts as a guide or facilitator and the student plays a more active role in designing or managing his/her own learning.

    Grade and Subject Acceleration

    Acceleration is a strategy of progressing through education at rates faster or ages younger than the norm.  Grade acceleration occurs when a student advances to the next grade level at an age younger than normal.  Subject acceleration is focused on a particular area of strength such as mathematics or reading.

    Early Admission

    Early Admission is the movement of a student out of the normal progression of pre-kindergarten into kindergarten. 

    Summer Centers and Camps

    MSDE has designed summer programs in partnership with public and nonpublic agencies to provide Maryland’s diverse gifted and talented students with advanced, rigorous, experiential learning opportunities that nurture these students’ talents and abilities within unique learning environments.  These centers address a variety of different areas of interest.

    Advanced Placement Courses

    A program developed by the College Board where high schools offer courses that meet criteria established by institutions of higher learning.  College credit may be earned with the successful completion of an AP exam in specific content areas.

    High School Honors Courses

    Honors courses are designed for students who are self-initiating and highly motivated.  It builds upon the successes of earlier experiences and stimulates bright and creative minds to explore their potential.  The program aims to meet the needs of students whose goals are to go beyond the foundational knowledge of the discipline. 

    Dual Enrollment

    Dual enrollment occurs when high school students take college courses for college credit.  It is a means of providing high school students greater access to a wider range of rigorous academic and technical courses. 

    High School Internships

    The Internship program provides students an opportunity to experience career exploration at community businesses or agencies.  Through such experiential learning, young people can set and test goals for future education and work, and learn what is required for success in the workplace.