We believe gifted and talented students must have appropriate challenges through enrichment, acceleration, and various differentiated educational experiences. Students are assisted in developing their gifts and talents through inclusive identification, continuous and systematic programming, and socio-emotional guidance and counseling. In partnership with parents,we will help each student to develop their unique potential. 

What is EXCEL?

EXCEL is the title for the MPSD gifted and talented program. By law, school districts are required to provide appropriately challenging programming for all students who “give evidence of high-performance capability in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or specific academic areas and need services or activities not ordinarily provided in a regular school program in order to fully develop such capabilities.” 

Teachers modify schoolwork to provide an appropriate challenge for those students identified as having strengths in math, reading, writing, language, science, social studies, music, and art.  This challenge is most often provided by the regular classroom teachers at the elementary level, by the classroom teacher in “cluster-grouped” classes or by individualized differentiation at the middle school level, and by class choice at the senior high level.

How are students identified for EXCEL?

The MPSD uses multiple criteria including:

  • Out-of-district gifted and talent identification
  • Standardized test scores
  • Nominations by district personnel
  • Nominations by parents
  • Self-nominations by secondary-level students

To learn more about EXCEL, please speak to your child’s teacher or call the MPSD Education Office at 920-686-4779.  



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