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TAG Program

over 2 years ago

About TAG
Our district recognizes the differences in students' needs, learning styles, abilities and potentials. While most students find adequate challenge in the regular classroom, the accelerated student requires an advanced program beyond that offered in the regular classroom curriculum. The TAG Program at Southeast Warren has been developed to provide the types of educational experiences that hold the greatest potential for meeting individual needs. Our TAG program is designed to prepare students to be responsible, productive citizens who continue to learn.

Program Overview
The Southeast Warren Talented and Gifted (TAG) program addresses two areas of giftedness. These aptitude areas are intellectual and specific academic. This model was chosen to provide an environment for gifted students in which they may grow intellectually and socially with other gifted students. Programming will be designed to address both the cognitive and affective needs of the advanced student.

Modifications and differentiation to regular classroom curriculum K-12 will be made based on identified need. At the Primary, Intermediate, and Junior/Senior High levels, teachers employ the model of differentiated instruction called Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) within the regular classroom or by grouping across grades.

Students in the Primary and Intermediate will be served through a pull-out program (60 minutes weekly at the Intermediate and 30 minutes weekly at the Primary), through differentiation within the regular classroom, through acceleration by subject, or by acceleration to a higher grade providing there is supporting data and dialogue.

At the Junior High, students are enrolled in a TAG class focused on reading and STEM and will meet with the TAG teacher everyday for 80 minutes.

At the High School level, the program emphasis is to provide students with advanced level placement. Students are encouraged to design their academic programs from upper level and advanced placement courses, virtual enrollment courses, and college courses. In addition, extended opportunities include field trips and guest speakers. Counseling in career and scholarship opportunities are also provided.

Student Identification Process and Qualification
Students in grades K-3 who show high potential in reading and math will meet weekly with the TAG teacher.

For students to qualify in TAG for grades 4-12 they must have a 90% within the most recent three years in the Iowa Assessments in one of the three identified areas of reading, math, or science. A student also needs to meet two out of the other three criteria. These include:

  • Parent or Teacher nomination, as evidenced by completion of a Kingore Observation Inventory, with accompanying documentation that includes anecdotal records and student work samples.
  • A 3.5 overall grade point average from the Fall semester of the 2017-18 school year.
  • A CogAT Score (intelligence test) of a 120 or stanine of 8 or 9 in the identified area.
ELP Contact

Contact Natasha Cooper, K-12 Extended Learner Program Coordinator, for additional information.

High School TAG

over 2 years ago

The TAG programming for the senior high students has changed during the last few years. We have gone away from the scheduled TAG class and encouraged more students to participate in Advanced Placement Classes and college level classes.

Advaced Placement Classes
The Advanced Placement classes are structured more like college classes than high school classes. They include a great deal of reading and writing which help students delve more deeply into the topic or issue of study. After the class is completed, students may take a test to show how well they learned the material. The scores from the test are reported to their college of choice. That college can then decide whether to award 1 to 3 hours of college credit based on the score earned. The fee for the classes and the testing are paid by the University of Iowa Belin Blank Center. They received a grant to offer these opportunities to rural Iowans. The classes themselves are offered over the internet.

College Level Classes (PSEO)
The college level classes most of our students take are offered by Graceland University over the internet. Students earn college credit directly from Graceland and may request copies of transcripts to send to their college of full time enrollment when the time comes. Generally college level classes are open to juniors and seniors only. However, a younger student who has been identified as talented and gifted may qualify for college level courses.

Other college classes offered to high school students can be viewed at

The Post Secondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO) provides an opportunity for students beyond the confines of their school district. For more information about PSEO go to

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