Kirby-Smith Middle School now has the 3rd largest middle school gifted program in DCPS!
Kirby Smith offers a Gifted and Academically talented team at every grade level for our students. Students on these teams continue to receive the same core curriculum offerings as the other teams at the school with a focus on differentiated instruction methods to meet their individual needs.
Students in our gifted program are challenged daily with accelerated gifted curriculum. Our gifted 7th grade math students are currently working with interactive learning programs such as http://www.algebranation.com/ This curriculum prepares them for the rigors of specialized high school programs at our magnet or neighborhood high schools. Our gifted students (and many of our academically talented students participate in the accelerated math program, which if completed successfully will give them credit in high school Algebra I Honors, and high School Geometry Honors. We also offer Physical Science Honors(9th Grade) to our gifted and talented 8th grade students.
Talented and gifted students that complete this course of study with a at least successful completion of Algebra I will have program continuity to Paxon, Stanton, Darnell Cookman or Robert E. Lee High Schools.
Students in our Gifted and highly talented program participate in various critical thinking projects and competitions. Twice a week, students work in small groups and participate in international critical thinking contests such as Odyssey of the Mind ,Science Olympiad and First Lego League Robotics. We also go on specialized field trips like the Driftwood Education Center.