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Lower Merion School District


Gifted Education Support and Services

Gifted education supports and services are provided when data indicate a need for specially designed instruction to meet the strengths of students identified as mentally gifted. These specially designed supports and services are identified annually in the Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) through collaboration by the GIEP team. These supports and services are provided as enrichment, acceleration, or a combination of both, when determined appropriate by the GIEP team, to help students make meaningful progress towards annual academic goals that are aligned to Pennsylvania's Core Standards. Students receive specially designed instruction across the school day, both in Academic Seminar and in the general education classroom. Academic Seminar is one enrichment option available to students identified as mentally gifted when determined appropriate by GIEP teams. The curricula for Academic Seminar consist of more complex and in-depth studies of significant ideas and key concepts, skills and thought processes explored in the general education curricula. The Academic Seminar curricula emphasize higher-level thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills that help students to recognize complex relationships and arrive at sound generalizations.

Academic Seminar

  • Length/credit 1 year –up to 0.33 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Numbers:
    Academic Seminar 9: 14040500
    Academic Seminar 10: 14040600
    Academic Seminar 11: 14040700
    Academic Seminar 12: 14040800

Each student's Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP) team determines whether the student will participate in this course.