Fall 2020 Enrichment Courses will be held virtually
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Fall 2020 Enrichment Courses will be held virtually
Classes are offered in a variety of disciplines to address the distinct academic needs of each student, from most athletic to most artistic, and everyone in between. With a variety of class choices, caring and experienced teachers, and a full breadth of curriculum, we offer students the diverse education experience he or she needs to succeed.
The newest addition to The Guthrie Gifted Enrichment line up has quickly become our most popular. Designed to address the needs of talented students who are eager to challenge themselves and meet their academic needs. Young Scholars meets three times per week and covers the disciplines of Reading and Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing Development, Mathematics, and Problem-Solving. Curriculum is one to two years ahead of grade level and is customized for the students enrolled. Class size is strictly limited, and students must assess (or be recommended) and accepted into this challenging and rewarding program.
This cornerstone class of The Guthrie School provides developmentally appropriate reading instruction to students from beginning readers up to students preparing for high school testing and advanced placement. We use beautiful, large textbook anthologies filled with many genres of literature as well as carefully selected novels. Classwork is teacher guided and reinforced with homework accompanying the texts. Various genres are studied at each grade level. The class covers reading fluency, decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension including analysis of literary elements appropriate to each grade level. For example, author’s purpose, point of view, and perspective are taught in the correct developmental order from grades three through six.
This class goes hand-in-hand with our language arts/reading classes and forms the basis for studying the crafts of writing and public speaking. Students enrolled in this class will build their writing skills by developing techniques related to several creative genres. Students present their work orally in front of the class in order to develop confidence and ease in speaking publicly. Each student is coached in voice quality, projection, enunciation, expression, eye contact, and content of their presentation.
This reading and writing based class is designed to meet the needs of the modern middle to high school student. Students will develop their critical reading skills by learning to read like writers. Novels and short stories are chosen based on class reading level, academic interest, and literary merit. Students will learn to write about a text within an academic framework by being organized and using specific and high-level vocabulary.
A variety of curricula are utilized including standards-based Singapore Math, Scott-Foresman, Glencoe, and Envisions to facilitate individualized instruction. The class covers preparation for testing, core-curriculum, and extra practice. In addition, curriculum is utilized which aligns to Texas State Standards for problem solving practice in a format that complements tests administered by Texas public schools. The program combines a strong problem-solving foundation with the necessary practice in computational skills needed for high achievement. We believe developing confidence in one’s mathematical ability at an early age is critical to success in the middle and high school years. It is always best to be ahead in math.
These highly popular Critical Thinking classes have three levels: lower, middle, and upper, and designed specifically for students who want to improve their logical and spatial thinking abilities. The curriculum is aligned with area Gifted and Talented programs and offers opportunities for students to extend their learning by practicing abstract skills. Examples of materials used include logic puzzles and games, analogies, problem solving, spatial reasoning, figure manipulation, and intensive higher-level vocabulary work.
ISEE and SAT classes are designed to help students maximize their potential on higher-level standardized achievement tests such as the ISEE, SSAT, PSAT, SAT, and ACT so they focus on the areas of testing for which they need the most improvement. The curriculum is comprehensive and covers testing strategies and managing test anxiety as well as preparing for the content of these challenging achievement tests.
A private lesson is 1:1 student instruction with an educator. The class will be individualized to the student’s specific needs and personal ability level. Private lessons can be scheduled with a specific teacher but are subject to the teacher’s availability.
A shared private lesson is a 1:2 teacher to student ratio. The class is individualized for the students’ specific and personal needs and ability levels. We must approve the students admitted to the shared-private to ensure students are on similar levels. Shared private lessons can be scheduled with a specific teacher and are subject to availability.
A semi-private lesson is a closed group with no more than a 1:4 teacher to student ratio. We must approve the students admitted to the semi-private lessons to ensure each member of the group are at similar levels. The curriculum will be determined by the specific needs of the entire group. No students will be allowed to join a semi-private class without approval of the enrichment director.
Our group lessons are teacher led with a maximum of 1:10 teacher to student ratio. Students in the group are working at the same level and have the opportunity to benefit from peer modeling, discussion, group work, and personal attention.
Thank you for your interest in Guthrie Enrichment. To begin the registration process, please download the forms below, fill them out, and return them to the Guthrie School.