Gifted Education and Advanced Placement

Discovery Academy Gifted Program

It is our goal to work as a team to help each student reach their highest level of social, emotional, and academic success. We plan our instruction to foster the gifted characteristics our students possess in order for them to reach their full potential.

Gifted Eligibility Process

In order to qualify for the gifted program, students must be nominated by a parent or teacher. Once the appropriate paperwork is completed, the child is screened by the gifted teacher using the KBIT (Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test). Any student who scores in the 90th percentile or higher is then referred for further evaluation by school district gifted services department.

 Gifted Services at DAS

Gifted services can be provided in different ways. This includes pull out services as well as full-time gifted services. In our pull out program, students are pulled twice a week for a total of 2 to 4 hours per week. Every year, we have a different theme that lessons and activities are planned around to facilitate the in-depth understanding of select topics. Additionally, students engage in activities such as hands-on science demonstrations as well as participating in the bi-annual Noetic Math Contest.

As always, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us at 727-330-2424

Advanced Class/Course Placements

DAS closely monitor students’ progress throughout the school year. At the end of each school year, the administration meets with each classroom and subject teachers to review students’ year-long academic and behavioral performance. While evaluating student progress, student’s work habit, motivation, attendance, attitude towards himself/herself and others are as important as his or her academic excellence. Thus, when making classroom placements, DAS takes a student as a whole and make appropriate class/course placement where a student may reach his/her highest natural potential.

Followings are academic and motivational characteristics criteria for the advanced class/course placements:

  • FSA achievement score of 4 or 5 (for grades 3 and above)
  • At or above the 80th percentile average for fall, winter, and spring NWEA Map Test for Reading and Math test
  • Each grade level may have a different threshold score for the MAP testing.
  • Minimum B average on current grades
  • Teacher Recommendation

Students who are enrolled in advanced classes or course(s) are expected to consistently exhibit excellent academic progress, work ethic, and motivational characteristics such as:

  • Respects self and others
  • Highly self-motivated and persistent
  • Needs minimal external motivation to follow through in work completion
  • Often requires little directions from teachers
  • Enjoys complex concepts and applies his or her knowledge when solving problems
  • Enjoys tasks that are more challenging than average
  • Has a ready grasp of underlying principles and can quickly make a valid generalization about events, people, and things
  • No major discipline problems that hinder self or others from learning

Being in an advanced classroom or course(s) does not guarantee that the student will be placed in an advanced class or course(s) next year. Teachers and administrators will review the student progress together at the end of each school year and those who do not meet the advanced class/course criteria due to poor work ethic, discipline, or academic progress may not be placed in the advanced class next year.

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About Us

Discovery Academy of Science is a public charter school approved by the Pinellas County School District.



South Campus | Grades KG - 1st
1380 Pinehurst Rd. Dunedin FL 34698
Ph: 727-330-2424

North Campus | Grades 2nd - 7th
2817 St. Marks Dr. Dunedin FL 34698
Ph: 727-369-6361




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