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Welcome to QuEST, West Hartford Public Schools, Gifted and Talented Program serving the needs of high ability, highly creative, motivated students. As you tour this site, we hope you will be intrigued and enlightened about the unique and diverse opportunities that QuEST offers throughout the school year for students in grades 4 – 8. Gifted and Talented Education for all students is a hallmark of Charter Oak. We believe all children must move along the continuum of learning at their own unique pace. To achieve this, curriculum is differentiated and students often work in small flexible groups. Encouraging students to become independent learners is our ultimate goal. Children are taught to think creatively and critically, to make decisions and solve relevant problems and to analyze and evaluate their work. The teacher is the facilitator of students’ learning; closely monitoring their progress and frequently sharing information with parents in order to maximize students’ achievement.
A student centered program, QuEST is founded on the principles of the Enrichment Triad Model (Renzulli, 1977) and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (Renzulli and Reis, 1985).The program supports National and State Standards in Education, and is guided by a well developed Scope and Sequence of skill training activities tailored to participating students as they progress toward the excitement of independent discovery through research, diligence, and creative productivity.
Encouragement and support from parents is tremendously important to the success of our students. Support from parents is also vital for the success of the program. Some parents mentor students, others have volunteered to give presentations, still more have become involved in the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). This committee meets during the school year and, in addition to being a source and a sounding board for ideas, the committee collaborates with the program’s coordinator organizing events such as parent-child enrichment workshops, and evening presentations focusing on the education of gifted students.
Art Quest is an art program sponsored by the West Hartford Public Schools. Fifth grade students are encouraged to submit a portfolio for consideration. Members for Art Quest are selected from all of the elementary schools to participate in the after-school Art Quest program.
Math Quest is an accelerated math program for fourth and fifth grade students who are working two or more grade levels beyond their current grade level.
We encourage curiosity, so if you are left with questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the QuEST Program Director Dr. Mary Thompson.
The mission of the QUEST Program is to ensure that students have an opportunity to develop their unique gifts and talents by creating a learning environment that encourages students to:
- Question the world around them
- Understand the need to learn and grow
- Explore the past, present, and future
- Search for solutions and meanings
- Think creatively and critically
- To provide all students with opportunities, experiences, and resources by enriching the regular curriculum and by enhancing student interests and intellectual curiosity.
- To create a learning environment that encourages the development and demonstration of students' creative and critical thinking skills.
- To provide opportunities for students to explore academic talents and interests through independent investigative work and to create advanced level products incorporating their knowledge, skill, and expertise.
- To promote continuous growth of the professional staff in the area of gifted education with an emphasis on the differentiation of curriculum in the regular classroom.
- To develop and maintain recognition of the needs, abilities, and interests of high ability students by communicating with the faculty, administration, student body, parents, and community.