The JAWS classroom is designed to meet the needs of students who have exceptional ability by offering challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction. Challenge comes from an advanced content, interaction with intellectual peers, and projects and activities that create a need for organization, and study skills. Teaching strategies include an emphasis on problem-solving, critical thinking skills, creativity skills and the development of research skills.
Students attend their home school four days a week and their JAWS learning enrichment classroom one day a week. The JAWS enrichment classrooms are located in several elementary schools throughout the district. Bus transportation is provided from the student’s home school to their JAWS site. Students are bussed back to their home school before the end of the school day.
JAWS enrichment pull-out classes are currently located at the following schools:
- Browns Point
The JAWS program serves students one day per week, in a pull-out model. The JAWS curriculum is a challenging three year course of study that develops skills, attitudes and self- understanding. Participation in JAWS offers students an opportunity to explore aspects of giftedness through the cognitive and affective domains. Academically it is differentiated for highly capable students, with work of greater depth and complexity in high interest areas outside the regular core curriculum. The JAWS program enriches and supplements the regular core curriculum; it does not supplant it.
A student successfully completing the JAWS curriculum is on the way to becoming a competent, self-motivated, lifelong learner who can do research and gather information, think critically and creatively, communicate with others and problem solve. The JAWS program has five areas of focus which are taught through various content/lessons at each grade level. The list below offers examples of what students may experience while in the JAWS program.