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Gifted Flight Program

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Lincoln County R-III Gifted Flight Program 

The Lincoln County R-III School District recognizes the unique needs associated with exceptional academic and/or intellectual giftedness. The Flight Program is based on the philosophy that every child is unique. Our program serves students in grades 2-8.

We believe that early identification and differentiated instruction will ensure that every child reaches his/her potential. Our program is designed to provide opportunities on many levels for students who show strength in academics, leadership, and creativity, as well as to support the unique social and emotional needs of the gifted student.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be an exemplary gifted program, to advocate for, inspire, and meet the needs of all students in the Lincoln County RIII School District.


The Lincoln County R-III School District recognizes the special needs associated with exceptional talent and/or giftedness.  The program’s comprehensive design will provide opportunities for gifted learners to receive special educational services that cannot be met in the regular classroom. 


The Flight program will enable gifted students to grow toward achieving their full potential as learners and as people and to interact with intellectual peers.  The Lincoln County R-III gifted program is an educational intervention to support and help challenge student needs and is not provided as an honor or reward.

Flight will provide a qualitatively differentiated curriculum to enable academically and/or intellectually gifted students to reach their potential.  To plan such programs, the teachers should incorporate curriculum goals addressing content, process, product, and learning environment. 

  • CONTENT – to relate content to major ideas, concepts, and themes
  • PROCESS – to provide students with opportunities to identify relationships across disciplines through critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and logic
  • PRODUCT – to enable students to create new ideas and products by synthesizing current knowledge and transferring it to new situations
  • LEARNING ENVIRONMENT – to structure a physical and emotional environment that recognizes and addresses the unique characteristics of academically gifted students and accommodates a variety of learning style

Gifted at the Elementary Grade level 

The Flight curriculum at the elementary level is designed to meet the needs of the gifted learners strictly.  Content offered incorporates opportunities to develop creative and critical thinking skills, focused on real world challenges and developing effective problem solving strategies.  Students are exposed to systems thinking, diverse resources, and high level technology.  Each week, students participate in a STEM based learning activity, a unit of study, and students also explore a topic they have a particular interest in.  Matching students to interest areas is a powerful yet practical way of enhancing motivation and increasing the likelihood that students will be willing to express their own unique abilities and talents.

In 2016, the elementary Flight program began implementing Project Lead the Way.  PLTW provides a comprehensive approach to STEM education.  Students explore modules in Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW allows Flight students to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.

Gifted at Grades 6th – 8th 

The Flight curriculum at the middle school level is designed to meet the needs of gifted learners. Every other week, students participate in STEM-related activities. The objectives of the gifted program at the middle school grades include the following:

  • Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze and problem-solve different circumstances that arise.
  • Students will collaborate with fellow peers, teachers, principals, or citizens in the community to take on challenges.
  • Students will communicate with empathy and learn to connect flexibly through speaking and listening to differing opinions. They will respond using different forms of communication, such as verbal (presentations, conversations, etc.) or non-verbal ways (body language, essays, etc.).
  • Students will use inventiveness to think creatively.
  • Students will utilize different forms of technology to meet objectives.
  • Students will strengthen their understanding by completing targets that have real-world applications.


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