SOAR: Gifted Program

PreK to Grade 5
  • SOAR Gifted Program students work in small groups blending collaborative learning, problem solving, and creative thinking

  • Positively Impacting Students Futures

    SOAR (Student of Academic Recognition) is a program designed for gifted students. Gifted and talented students and those with high abilities often need gifted education programs that will challenge them in regular classroom settings. In addition, these students benefit from enrichment and accelerated programs that will enable them to make continuous progress in school. Gifted programming has been proven to positively influence students’ futures – not only in elementary and secondary schools, but in post-secondary plans and even in college and graduate school. Studies also show that students who participate in gifted programs, maintain their interests over time and stay involved in creative, productive work after they finish college and graduate school.

    At Collage Day School, we offer the essential components of successful gifted programs: low student-teacher ratios, individualized curricula and inquiry-based teaching methods – all led by Gifted Endorsed/Certified faculty. Rest assured, students graduating from the Collage Day School’s Gifted Program will be well-prepared for acceptance into Gifted/IB programs at the secondary level.

    Parent Resource: Why Are Gifted Programs Needed?

    Learn More about our Pre-K Soar Program
  • What to expect from our Enrichment Program:

    • Document Based Questioning
    • Model Elicit Activities
    • Research
    • Science Experiments
    • Guided Reading Groups
    • Higher Order Thinking
    • Collaboration Activities
    • Vocabulary Building
    • Logic Puzzles
    • Real-World Math
    • STEM activities
    • Exposure to Engineering

  • Meet our Certified Gifted Teacher:

    Kristen Walker is a native of Fort Walton Beach, Florida who was raised and lived in Gorham, Maine. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in reading.

    She received her gifted endorsement from the state of Florida in 2013, and she has eleven years of teaching experience in St Johns County. In addition, she has seven years of experience teaching gifted/high achieving students.

    At Collage Day School, Kristen works in small groups in our SOAR program, where she designs activities particular to their interests in order to encourage a well-rounded educational experience. In addition to their class work, Kristen challenges her students to use critical thinking and to explore further with hands-on projects. Collage’s small teacher to student ratios, are ideal to helping students grow and learn. Her passion is for her students to enjoy school and for students to stay engaged. It is essential that students are invested and interested in their learning; therefore, Kristen works diligently to maintain her students’ enthusiasm and curiosity. With project-based learning, she incorporates collaborative learning, problem solving and creating thinking.

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