Talent Development and Acceleration Services
formerly known as Gifted and Talented
Our goal at Horace Mann is to offer enrichment opportunities to every student. Our teachers meet a variety of learner needs. They do so by maintaining a high level of instruction and expectations for student performance, for example, lesson acceleration, dividing students into flexible groups (math and reading) at their instructional level, and incorporating gifted instructional strategies in their everyday teaching. Individual teachers or grade levels also design activities to provide enrichment and challenge. Additionally, our PTA helps in sponsoring enrichment experiences such as artists-in-residence, business partnerships, and performers.
Our goal is to meet student needs. Every teacher assesses their students continuously to decide what to teach and how to teach it. They are well-versed in identifying the students who need something new and different. Many teachers use adult volunteers to help extend enrichments. There are volunteers providing math enrichments, Art Adventure, book talks, and competitions like the Spelling Bee and the Junior Lego League.
Important Note: The department for Talent Development and Acceleration Services (TDAS) within the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) coordinates the testing of all kindergarten and 2nd grade students in the district using the CogAT7 (Cognitive Achievement Test, Version 7). This test determines whether students are identified for gifted and talented services within SPPS. If your child has been identified for gifted and talented services, his/her homeroom teacher can answer specific questions you may have about how he/she is being challenged at school. If your child is not in kindergarten or 2nd grade and you would like him/her to take the CogAT7, talk to your child’s teacher in early fall to learn about the nomination process.