The school district’s instructional programs for gifted and talented students are based on the principles that all students are to receive an education appropriate to their individual capabilities, interests, and needs, and that students have learning opportunities that help develop their abilities to the highest level. Because gifted and talented students generally demonstrate high performance or capacity for high performance beyond age/grade expectations, they are atypical learners who require specialized learning experiences beyond the regular curriculum. 

Third Street School has Gifted Cluster classes and Schools For Advanced Studies (SAS) cluster classes in Grades 3-5. This means that identified gifted students are discreetly clustered in each class and given differentiated instruction.  All teachers teaching gifted cluster classes are specially trained to meet the varied needs of these students through differentiated instruction. Beginning in 2nd Grade, students are referred for gifted testing (GATE) and instruction begins in 3rd grade.  For more information, please contact GATE Coordinator Jackie Tyler at or leave a note in the Room 28 mail slot in the Main Office. 

Special Education

Services for students with special needs include Full Inclusion, Early Education (EE) K-2 day class, Preschool Mix, Speech TherapyOccupational TherapyAdapted Physical Education and School Psychologist. Questions about services should be directed to the Assistant Principal, Elementary Instructional Specialist (APEIS).

Support, for teachers and parents, is available through the Friends Community Center operated by the volunteer Special Education Advisory Committee located in room 33.