Three fundamental differences distinguish the gifted from more typical learners: learning at faster rates; finding, solving, and acting on problems more readily; and manipulating abstract ideas/making connections more easily.
(VanTassel-Baska, J. and Stambaugh, T., 2006).
1. What are Multi-Age Divisions?
Division I (one): kindergarten students, age five by October 1
Division II (two): first and second grade students, at least six by October 1
Division III (three): third and fourth grade students
Division IV (four): fifth and sixth grade students
Division V (five): seventh and eighth grade student
2. What are the benefits of these Divisions?
3. If AcademyACL is using Divisions, why do they ask what grade my child is entering?
4. What are some specific highlights of each Division at the Academy?
- Division I: Students in this division are likely to enter with a wide range of skills. AACL anticipates several students who can already read very well and may have some solid math skills in place, in addition to students who are ready to begin to learn these concepts as they enter and move along quickly. Thematic units include science experiments with motion, heat, and classification systems, and the Study of Ancient Man with Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations.
- Division II: Mysterious substances, interactions within habitats, and water systems; and historic investigation into The Classical Age, with the cultural foundations of Egypt, China, Greece and Rome, and foundations in geography.
- Division III: Temperature, energy, and life cycles; and historical investigation into The Middle Ages, with interactions of communities and power, and Colors of the Centennial State throughout Colorado’s history.
- Division IV: Force and motion in sport, changing weather patterns, and green technology; and historical investigation into Renaissance, Reformation, and Expansion in Europe, North and South America.
- Division V: Hot air balloons, bacteria, rollercoasters and rockets; and historical investigation into the Modern World, with American trends in revolution and democracy compared with Africa, Asia, and Australia today.