PROJECT EXTRA OVERVIEW
Project Extra is Oceanside School District’s gifted and enrichment program, which serves children in grades 4, 5, and 6. This pull-out program is centrally located at School 6. The children leave their home schools once a week to engage in activities of a specialized nature.
Project Extra activities are designed to nurture the potential giftedness of our students. These activities provide children opportunities to learn that are commensurate with their abilities. This differentiated curriculum is designed to foster independent thinking, critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving. Children are encouraged to take risks by attempting to solve complex problems in unique and original ways. The activities in Project Extra are not designed to complement, relate to, or extend the standard classroom curriculum. They are chosen and designed for their purposeful ability to meet the needs of academically talented students.
The program of instruction maximizes the opportunities for children to be producers rather than consumers of knowledge. It equips them with the ability to generate not only ideas, but also the criteria with which to evaluate them. The children work in group activities as well as individually. Thus effective communication and decision making skills are fostered through group interaction, oral presentations and written work.
The teachers evaluate the child’s growth in the program through projects, class work, and class participation.
Over the three years the children are involved in the program, there is a well-planned sequential development of increasingly difficult content and processes. The techniques, activities, and projects experienced in Project Extra are designed and taught to nurture the life long needs of the potentially gifted learner. These skills, techniques and activities are built upon each year as the children mature and become more cognizant of their own learning and environment.
PROJECT EXTRA SELECTION PROCESS - 2016/17
(REVISED FEBRUARY 2016)