Welcome to Brunswick School Department’s
Academic Talent Development Program.
The Brunswick Academic Talent Development Program serves students identified in the areas of General Intellectual Ability, Specific Academic Aptitude, and the Arts. The program is subdivided to meet the needs of identified students at four levels: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. At each level, the backbone of the program is the differentiation of the regular curriculum within the classroom. Differentiation is accomplished through collaboration between regular classroom or subject area teachers and the enrichment specialists. All differentiated activities align with the Maine Learning Results. In addition to in-class differentiation, services provided to identified students may include pull-out group activities, cluster group instruction, mentorships, college-level coursework, and independent studies. All students are considered annually for placement in the Academic Talent Development Program. This is done in a systematic manner in grades 3, 6, and 9. Students may also be considered for the program at other times based on teacher or parent referrals, testing information, or the observations of the enrichment specialist. An enrichment committee reviews student data to make all placement decisions each year. The committee also solicits and review evaluations of the program. These evaluations are completed by regular teachers, identified students, and their parents twice a year. Based on these evaluations and other information, the program will continue to grow and evolve from year to year.