The Red Wing School District offers gifted programming. More specifically, the district gifted program is a menu of opportunities designed to allow talent to be developed by focusing on three specific areas: (1) Instruction, (2) Enrichment, and (3) Affective Support. The guiding document for this programming is the Talent Development Framework (see attachment below).

Each focus area (Instruction, Enrichment, and Affective Support) has three levels, or tiers, of support. Tier 1 opportunities are for "all" students, Tier 2 opportunities are for "some" students, and Tier 3 opportunities are for a "few" students. The tiers are designed to provide an increased level of specialized support for students. The process is outlined in the Talent Development Framework:
Talent Development Framework


The resources below offer parents, staff, and community members some general guidelines to consider regarding gifted and talented traits and characteristics, including "Twice-Exceptional" students. These are students who may be identified with a disability in one area but are also gifted in a certain area.

If you have questions on the information below, please contact the Talent Development Coordinator.

There are a number of acceleration options that have been shown through research to be beneficial to gifted students. Please refer to the first chart below for an overview of these options. The most important idea in regard to acceleration is to make sure that the acceleration is the right support for the student. For this reason, the Red Wing School District has developed policy and procedures for Grade, Single Subject, and Early Entrance accelerations. Please refer to the documents below for more information on these topics.

Acceleration Policy, Procedures, and Forms

For students who would benefit from advanced courses, there are a number of options in the Red Wing School District. Below is a listing of advanced courses and/or opportunities:

Red Wing High School
PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Option)
State program (MN Dept. of Education) which allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to earn college credit while in high school. High school students can participate in PSEO in several ways:
1. Take courses at a post-secondary institution.
2. Take courses offered online taught by a college instructor.
3. Take courses offered at their high school taught by a qualified high school instructor or college instructor (see ‘Concurrent Enrollment’).

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Nationally/internationally-recognized college-level courses/exams standardized by the College Board. Earn college credit and placement based on end of course AP Exam scores (scores of 3, 4, or 5 needed for credit).
* AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP Human Geography, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP Studio Art, AP Physics, AP US History, AP World History

Concurrent Enrollment
Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously by participating in courses at RWHS taught by RWHS faculty.
* AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, Organic Chemistry, Psychology

College in the Schools (CIS)
University of Minnesota curriculum taught by teachers at RWHS. Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
* German IV, Senior Spanish

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
Courses focusing on agriculture, food, and natural resources.
* Animal Science, Environmental Science , Plant Science

Restaurant and Food Service program that connects the classroom to the industry.
* Advanced Culinary Arts, Introduction to Culinary Arts

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs.
* Civil Engineering and Architecture, Digital Electronics, Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering

Articulation Agreements/Tech Prep
Formal agreements with a college to accept credit transfers towards a specific academic program. Examples of classes with this potential include:
* Market Management, Retail Business Operations, Information Processing I, Information Processing II, Computer Applications, Advanced Computer Applications, Accounting II, Accounting III, Accounting IV, Intro to Marketing & Salesmanship, Family Living, Exploring Childhood I/II/Internship, Hot Metal Technology, Metals Technology II, Metal Fabrication/Welding I, Metal Fabrication/Welding II, Introduction to Small Gas Engines, Automotive Service and Repair, Architectural Construction Management

Advanced Courses- Grades 8 and 9
These courses are available to students who demonstrate the required skills, knowledge, and capability.
* Gateway to Technology (PLTW), Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW), Pre-AP Algebra I, Pre-AP Language Arts, Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP Science