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Academically Talented (AT)

Welcome to the Academically Talented Program homepage.

The purpose of this site is to make a variety of resources more easily accessible to teachers, gifted students and their parents, as well as to other students looking for challenging opportunities to extend their intellectual promise.

The Academically Talented (AT) program meets the needs of identified gifted students in multiple ways. At its base, our honors and AP level courses provide strong curricular programs that include differentiation and meet most students' needs. For students whose potential exceeds our curricular offerings, we can use a GIEP to create additional opportunities through enrichment and/or acceleration to help the students achieve a meaningful educational benefit.

The AT room is available to students during their non-instructional periods to provide a space where they can interact with their gifted peers outside of the classroom and where they can work with me to understand themselves as gifted learners and how to use their strengths to distinguish themselves at UHS. I can offer support in a number of areas including:
  • GIEP implementation
  • Schedule planning/ mapping (in conjunction with the counselor)
  • Managing a challenging schedule
  • Grade-to-grade transitions
  • Enrichment opportunities- see the list of summer options on the left
  • Academic support
  • Support in the college application process
  • Proofreading of application/ internship/ scholarship essays
  • Questions or concerns related to gifted learners
  • Brainstorming/ problem-solving of unique situations
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT ANY TIME REGARDING YOUR STUDENT.


I look forward to working with AT students and their parents.

Pat Clark
AT Teacher

pclark@ucfsd.net

(610) 347-1600 x3113

Department Staff

Patrick Clark

Gifted Support Teacher


Acceleration Possibilities

Science Acceleration


High achieving students who are currently in 9th grade MAY have the opportunity to take both Honors Chemistry and AP Biology as 10th graders. Students must meet the following criteria:

1. A grade of 90% or better in HAT, HAM, or AP AB Calculus. (Geometry students are not eligible for this option)
2. A grade of 96% or better in Honors Biology

Students will be notified via mail if they qualify for this option. Please understand that this is non-waiverable and that students who enroll in this option will not be able to schedule full-year electives.

NOTE: Students who do not qualify for this opportunity in 10th grade, but who have a a desire to take multiple AP science courses can schedule two science courses in both their junior and senior years without any prior approvals, besides meeting course prerequisites.

Language Acceleration
This option would allow high-achieving students the option to accelerate from level I to level III of a language. Typically this acceleration happens in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. Students may not accelerate from level II to level IV of a language.

Other areas of Acceleration
There may be other situations where acceleration may be appropriate. These decisions are evaluated on an individual basis.

Chapter 16

PDE CHAPTER 16

State law provides for the education of gifted students within the Commonwealth. Chapter 16 details the provisions that we use to determine which students are gifted and further, which of these gifted students are in need of specially designed instruction to increase the rigor of their courses to ensure that they achieve a meaningful benefit from their education.

College Resources

How many colleges should I apply to?

42 is not the answer! Still, Douglas Adams got part of the answer right: "I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

College Visit Question Sheet: Use this resource on your college visits to help you keep your thoughts straight!

WELCOME TO PAGE 217* - an introduction to and resource for the world of higher education presented by Eric J. Furda, Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn class of 1987.

When reviewing Dean Furda's blog, please pay close to attention to the 5I (Assess Yourself) and 4C (Assess Colleges) pages.

What it Takes (to get admitted to Stanford): by, Ivan Maisel (Stanford University Alumni magazine)

From MIT Admissions: What To Do In High SchoolIf you don't believe me, read this NY Times article: They Loved Your G.P.A., Then They Saw Your Tweets.

10 Questions to Evaluate Your College or University Preferences

Visiting campuses? Have an admissions' interview? Read me!

MIT freshman class (2017) profile

15 Pieces of Advice for the Emory Freshman

Geekiest Colleges

How I Got into College, podcast

Getting In, Malcolm Gladwell essay

Book Review: Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps 7 Students Find the Right College -- and Find Themselves by, David L. Markus

The Real Secret of Admissions: Inside the Mind of a College Interviewer

Did You Know blog...

High School Standardized Testing Schedule

There are a number of considerations regarding standardized testing and the college application process. Below are some insights regarding testing throughout high school.

Testing for College

Testing is an important part of preparing for the college application process. Many competitive colleges and universities expect that students provide test scores beyond the SAT or ACT. Beginning in 10th grade, students should be aware of the testing possibilities.

10th grade:

October: PSAT: This doesn’t count for National Merit, but it does provide student with a first glance at the test, so the “official” PSAT is a bit friendlier. Students will receive their score packets in December and gain access to MyCollegeQuickstart.

Currently, we provide this testing opportunity during the school day to ALL 10th and 11th graders.

May: AP exams: If the student is taking any Advanced Placement courses (likely courses: Calculus AB, World History, Biology, Art History, Psychology, Computer Science, Statistics), AP exams are taken near the end of the course during the school day. College Board sets up an administration schedule the 1st 2 full weeks of May. Students register through the Counseling Center in March. Exams require a fee.

May/June: SAT II Subject Tests: Subject tests are required by some selective and most highly selective colleges. They are one (1) hour tests and their content closely mirrors AP course content. If student is taking AP World History, HAM, or AP Biology s/he will be prepped for the SAT II Subject test(s) in World History, Math Level II or Biology. Student registers for the tests through collegeboard.org

11th grade:

October PSAT: This is the “official” PSAT from which the National Merit Commended Scholars and Semifinalists are selected. Currently, we provide this testing opportunity during the school day to ALL 10th and 11th graders. Students will receive their score packets in December.

March SAT: We recommend this sitting for students to take the SAT. Student registers for the tests through collegeboard.org

UHS is a testing site for the March SAT exam (SAT IIs are not offered in March).

February/April/June: ACT: For students wishing to take the ACT, you can get testing dates/information and register at actstudent.org UHS is usually a testing site for one of these tests.

May: AP exams: If the student is taking any Advanced Placement courses (likely courses: English Language & Composition, Calculus AB/BC, Statistics, US History, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science, Art History, Computer Science, Music Theory, Psychology, Spanish), AP exams are taken near the end of the course during the school day. College Board sets up an administration schedule the 1st 2 full weeks of May. Students register through the Counseling Center in March. Exams require a fee.

May: SAT/SAT II Subject Tests: SAT testing date. Subject tests are required by some selective and most highly selective colleges. They are one (1) hour tests and their content closely mirrors AP course content. If student is taking AP US History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Spanish or HAM, s/he will be prepped for the SAT II Subject test(s) in US History, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Spanish, and Math Level II. Students may sit for the SAT or up to three (3) SAT II Subject tests. Student registers for the tests through collegeboard.org

June: SAT/SAT II Subject test: This date provides students a chance to test for the SAT again or to sit for additional SAT II Subject tests. Student registers for the tests through collegeboard.org

12th grade:

October, November, December: SAT/SAT II Subject Tests: Additional testing dates for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Register at collegeboard.org

September, October, December: ACT: Additional testing dates for the ACT. Register at actstudent.org

May: AP exams: If the student is taking any Advanced Placement courses

(likely courses: English Literature, Calculus AB/BC, Statistics, Economics, Comparative Gov, US Gov, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science, Art History, Computer Science, Music Theory, Spanish, French, German, Psychology), AP exams are taken near the end of the course during the school day. College Board sets up an administration schedule the 1st 2 full weeks of May.

Students register through the Counseling Center in March. Exams require a fee.

Parents Documents & Resources

Read Me!

Summer Resources

Teacher Resources

HOTS

HOTS is a semester course offered to 9th grade AT students.