Gifted and Talented

Powell has an unparalleled variety of options for gifted and talented students.  A large percentage of the students at Powell are identified as gifted and talented, and because of this we offer many options and choices for students who demonstrate advanced capabilities and skills.

Powell G/T Information

Course Options

Sixth Grade GT Seminar:  A required 9-week course for all incoming sixth grade GT students focuses on transition and advocacy skills, collaboration, critical thinking, advanced technology, and debate & discussion

Sixth-Eighth Grade Accelerated Core Courses:  Math, Language Arts

Sixth-Eighth Grade Elective Courses:  GT Seminar, Literature Enrichment, 21st Century Technology,  Engineering, Environmental Science, Guitar, Yearbook, Electronic Publishing, People of Vision, Current Events/Geography, Creative Writing/Expression, Select Choirs, World Solutions, Around the World, Critical Thinking

Differentiation within the Classroom

All teachers at Powell strive to meet the needs of each and every student.  The staff at Powell has been trained to differentiate instruction within the classroom and every child benefits from the variety of teaching methods utilized here. Teachers work to integrate the concepts of critical thinking and problem solving--strengths of our GT kids.  They differentiate for students by ability-grouping, offering alternative assignments and offering choices based on interests and skills. Independent study opportunities are available as well.

Mrs. Lauri Hamill, the GT Facilitator and Instructional Coach at Powell Middle, is also available to teachers for developing advanced projects, assessments, and assignments designed for specific students who wish to learn beyond the standard curriculum. She can be reached at lhamill[at][dot]us.

Extracurricular Options

Powell has many different clubs, sports and activities for students.  Some of those may include:

Art Club
Brain Bowl*
Chess Club*
Destination Imagination
Homework Club
District and State Spelling Bee*
*G/T Sponsored