Office of Advanced Academics
Recommendations for Successful Participation in Gifted and Talented (GT)/Advanced Academics (AA) Courses in Grade 6

Social Studies:

GT/AA Grade 6 Social Studies is designed to provide inquisitive and communicative students a learning experience which integrates challenging subject matter and dynamic instruction. Participation in GT/AA Grade 6 Social Studies consistently requires students to demonstrate:

  • Interest in studying history, geography, economics, sociology, and politics
  • The ability to read complex texts independently
  • The ability to communicate complex information verbally and in writing
  • Creativity and perseverance with challenging tasks
  • Interest in collaborating with peers


In GT/AA Grade 6 Science, these mathematical skills will be taught and applied:

  • Use proportional reasoning and ratio concepts to solve problems
  • Describe, represent, and interpret data including central tendency and variability
  • Algebraic reasoning: Mathematical expressions and variables to represent and solve problems, relationships between independent and dependent variables, etc.

Proficiency in these skills prior to the course will contribute to student success in GT/AA Grade 6 Science:

  • Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing Decimals
  • Multiplying and Dividing Fractions


In GT/AA Grade 6 Mathematics, students must have strong mastery of the following concepts. This information may be used as one data point when making middle school mathematics placement recommendations:

  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Adding and subtracting decimals
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions
  • Multiplying and dividing decimals

English Language Arts:

In GT/AA Grade 6 English Language Arts (ELA), students will consistently apply analytical and evaluative reasoning to complex text. They will craft sophisticated arguments, explanations, and narratives through a variety of written, multimedia, and discussion models. Participation in GT/AA Grade 6 ELA requires students to:

  • Sustain interest in reading fiction and non-fiction
  • Draw inferences from text and support their analysis
  • Interpret text that is complex in tone, structure, abstraction, and/or ambiguity
  • Understand the connotations of language that is ironic, figurative, abstract, archaic, and/or domain-specific
  • Compare and contrast how authors present ideas
  • Support their claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence


Students who demonstrate skillful analytical reading during discussion but inconsistent written expression should be strongly considered for inclusion in GT/AA Grade 6 ELA. Their gaps in writing can be addressed in Grade 6.

Likewise, students who tend not to participate in discussion but demonstrate skillful written analysis should be strongly considered for inclusion in GT/AA Grade 6 ELA.


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