In Tennessee, “Intellectually Gifted” means a child whose intellectual abilities, creativity, and potential for achievement are so outstanding that the child’s needs exceed differentiated general education programming, adversely affects educational performance, and requires specifically designed instruction or support services. Children from all populations (e.g., all cultural, racial, and ethnic groups, English Learners, all economic strata, twice exceptional, etc.) can be found to possess these abilities. 

Our GIFTed students (top 1% of our student population with exceptional intelligence), participate in an Enrichment Intervention twice a week in our library media center. These students are able to expand their class assignments to include STEAM and Critical Thought tasks in addition to their advanced and honors classes. The intervention includes a self-paced Canvas course including coding, project based learning, and STEAM related tasks that correspond to their grade-level standards.   


Project Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist instructional approach where students are engaged in meaningful inquiry of personal interest to them and where collaboration and personalized learning are emphasized. Research confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.

"Enrichment" with Mrs. Creel:  Plan a Road Trip


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~STEM Challenge with World History Project Series

~ Project-Based Work on Writing Digital Journal


Not for the faint of heart, as students planned their journey around the world, keeping a budget and planning sites to visit virtually as they keep track of the miles they've traveled and meals they've eaten and hotels, boats, trains, etc., they used to enrich their experiences.  Atlas Obscura videoclips were shown to heighten the unusual and little known sites they could visit, around the world.  For the curious explorers, students indulged their experiences with an immersive, interactive online experience, piquing curiosity and wonder about the world around us, recording all reflections in their Atlas Obscura Journals.  They were able to dive deeper into their latest obsessions with this online course, exploring museums that interest them or science laboratories that were studying something that they wanted to know more about.  The world was at their fingertips!


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