The Gifted Education program (Open Doors) is for intellectually gifted students in grades 2-6. The purpose of the Gifted Education program is to identify and serve gifted students in a uniquely qualitatively differentiated program not available in the regular classroom. Gifted education courses provide instruction in creativity, thinking skills, research, creative problem solving, communication, leadership, group dynamics, and self-knowledge in order to increase students’ skill and capacity for autonomous learning, metacognition, and self-understanding
The Gifted Program at Smith is led by Mrs. E. Woods. Mrs. Woods provides a variety of educational activities and projects that deepen student learning. Here are a few of the activities that the Open Doors students participate in.
S.H.O.P. Students Helping Others Planetwide(SHOP) is a service project in which the Open Doors students select a community service project that they would like to raise awareness. The students selected to research and raise awareness through donations to help the Mississippi Food Network this year.
Scrabble is offered in the fall semester to our elementary open door students who would like to participate in an afterschool activity to ultimately participate in a district tournament.
Chess is offered in the fall semester and January and February months to our elementary open door students who would like to participate in an afterschool activity to ultimately participate in a district tournament.