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Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented Enrichment at St. Anthony Park Elementary School

All of us here at St. Anthony Park (SAP) believe that every student deserves to be challenged at his/her ability level. To accomplish this goal, SAP classroom and specialist teachers offer challenging learning opportunities to all students. SAP offers these enrichment opportunities in a variety of ways.

Enrichment in core academic subjects (reading, writing and math) happens frequently and is a part of the everyday school routine. For example, third graders who are reading at a 5th grade level are provided with books to read and discuss at their level in a small guided reading group with other advanced readers.

Enrichment in other subjects includes more options for kids to develop their artistic, scientific, athletic, and leadership talents. Some enrichment classes/activities are open only to qualified students (such as a challenge math group for gifted math students), while others involve all students (such as the Artist–in-Residence program). After-school enrichment activities (such as Chess and Destination Imagination) are voluntary for students who demonstrate an interest.

Important Note:

The department for Talent Development and Acceleration Services (TDAS) within the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) coordinates the testing of all kindergarten and 2nd grade students in the district using the CogAT7 (Cognitive Achievement Test, Version 7). This test determines whether students are identified for gifted and talented services within SPPS. If your child has been identified for gifted and talented services, his/her homeroom teacher can answer specific questions you may have about how he/she is being challenged at school. If your child is not in kindergarten or 2nd grade and you would like him/her to take the CogAT7, talk to your child’s teacher in early fall to learn about the nomination process.

Enrichment in Core Academic Subjects

To provide challenge in core academic subjects, St. Anthony Park teachers use:

  • Pre-assessment and interest inventories to create flexible groups.
  • Small groups with focused instruction, activities and assignments to reach different levels of need (special emphasis on use of higher order thinking skills).
  • Challenge packets, learning centers and independent projects (including use of technology) to challenge advanced, motivated learners

Enrichment in Other Subjects

  • Weekly art classes in the art lab with artist Courtney Oleen
  • Artist-in-Residence program (visiting artists work with students at each grade level)
  • Celebration of Talent (annual celebration of visual arts)
  • Talent Show (annual celebration of performing arts)
  • Art Adventure Program (volunteers are trained at Minneapolis Institute of Arts; volunteers then teach students about selected pieces; finally, students go see actual pieces at MIA)
  • “St. Anthony Park Reads” (school-wide literature appreciation program; sometimes involves a visit by an author)
  • Concerts by our school bands, orchestra, grade-level choirs, and by visiting musicians
  • BOKS (once a week, before school workout program)
  • Running Club (springtime, after-school running program)
  • Track and Field Day (annual friendly competition)
  • Cross grade-level mentoring (students from different grades teach and learn from each other)
  • Community service projects (student-led, food collection for a local food shelf, raking for local seniors, Jump Rope for Heart, …)
  • On-site Community Education Classes
  • Extended Day Learning Enrichment
  • Parent-led after-school opportunities
  • Destination Imagination


Additional Enrichment by Grade Level


Active Inquiry Specialist Class

Fire Department Visit

Officer Friendly visit

Catalyst Tools for Thinking

Make a Memory Day

100th Day Celebration

Children’s Museum field trip

Como Park Planetarium field trip


1st Grade

Family Science Night

Active Inquiry Specialist Class

Officer Friendly Visit

St. Paul Fire Fighter Visit

Children’s Museum field trip

Como Park Planetarium field trip

Saint Paul Public Library field trips


2nd Grade

Family Science Night

Family-School Reading Celebrations

Officer Friendly

Volunteer facilitated book groups

St. Paul Saints field trip

Saint Paul Public Library field trips

Minneapolis Institute of Arts field trip

Ordway Theater field trips

Bell Museum field trip


3rd Grade

Family Science Night

Science Project and Fair, optional

Energy and U Program

Seasonal Celebrations

Destination Imagination

Children’s Theatre field trip

Minnesota Zoo field trip

Mill City Museum field trip

Belwin Nature Center field trip

Science Project and Fair


4th Grade

Science Project and Fair

Orchestra and Band

Destination Imagination

Lego League

Grade-Level Musical

Fort Snelling tour

State Capitol and History Center tours

Journey to the Falls Adventure

Belwin Nature Center field trip


5th Grade

Science Project and Fair

Major research projects

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, 5 days

Orchestra and Band

President’s Physical Fitness Challenge

Destination Imagination

Como Park Planetarium field trips

Belwin Nature Center field trip

Young Authors’ Conference