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     Gifted Support Services    
   

 Mission
 Mt. Lebanon Gifted Support Services provides mentally gifted students with opportunities for challenge and growth through rigorous, differentiated curriculum  options.  Parents, students and teachers collaborate to design and implement an individualized education plan to meet the needs of each mentally gifted student.

   

Philosophy

The Mt. Lebanon School District provides for mentally gifted students using the conceptual framework of continuous progress through the district mainstream curriculum.  This extensive curriculum includes options and alternatives which have been created and refined to provide opportunities for differing groups of children.

Through the challenging comprehensive curriculum, education of mentally gifted students in Mt. Lebanon supports the district mission of providing the best education possible for each and every student. 

The central consideration for education of mentally gifted students is to provide these students with appropriate educational opportunities commensurate with their capabilities as learners.  Opportunities are provided to enable students to explore identified areas of focus and to develop high levels of thinking through:

•Enrichment activities designed to increase the depth and/or breadth of the student's learning experiences through differentiated assignments, independent study, alternative learning projects, and higher-level instructional materials

•Acceleration to enable a student to complete the program in less time or at an earlier age than usual

•Special groupings which involve placing a student in instructional groups and classes according to significant factors such as ability, interest, achievement, or instructional purpose

•Specialized study opportunities which extend the curriculum by providing offerings that appeal to individual student interest and capabilities

Delivery of Gifted Support Services

Within a mainstream curriculum, specially designed instruction is developed through a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP).  Options are designed to meet the special needs of gifted students as appropriate for each child. 


Gifted Support Staff

Supervisor of Gifted Support Services
Mr. Kenneth Cross
412-344-2012
kcross@mtlsd.net

Special Education Department Secretary
Ms. Sandra Kwiecien 
412-344-2044
skwiecien@mtlsd.net  
          Gifted Support Services Secretary
Ms. Barbara Keller
Jefferson Middle School 
412-344-2140
Mellon Middle School
412-325-8254
bkeller@mtlsd.net
             
Elementary Gifted Support Coordinator
Ms. Barbara Brunner 
412-276-0538
bbrunner@mtlsd.net
           Middle School Gifted Support Coordinator
Ms. Dana Mackey
Jefferson Middle School
412-344-2140
Mellon Middle School
412-325-8254
dmackey@mtlsd.net 
             
            Mt. Lebanon High School Gifted Support Coordinator
Ms. Kathleen Konechny
412-325-8229
kkonechny@mtlsd.net


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