Columbia Heights Public Schools

Gifted Services

  • hide Columbia Heights is a great place for bright children to learn! Our district is small, so we can accommodate individual students more flexibly than a large school system. Excel Services exist to provide appropriate academic challenge and support for high potential and gifted students.

    We think of gifted services as a spectrum rather than something that a student is IN or OUT of. All students deserve to learn something new and be academically stimulated at school, regardless of how much they already know or how quickly they learn.

    The teachers and administrators in Columbia Heights Public Schools have a list of beliefs about gifted learners and a list of specific goals related to their education. The processes of adjusting curriculum, instructional methods and identifying students with specific academic strengths is secondary to, and a result of our beliefs and goals. 

Available Programming

  • Grades K-5

    For elementary students, CHPS offers flexible instruction and pacing through cluster classrooms in grades 2-5. Trained teachers have a group of identified students assigned to their classroom full time.

    Students not identified for gifted services are also challenged specific to their area of strength each day with appropriate levels of math and reading instruction.

    After school, students can choose from free academic contests or enrichment courses.

    Grades 6-8

    Columbia Academy students are offered advanced core classes in  grades 6-8. Options include accelerated math (high school credit is available in Algebra and Geometry), Pre AP English, Pre AP Social Studies, Pre AP Science, and Spanish 1 (high school credit).

    Exploratory classes are available in the arts, theater, music, choir, band, Spanish, visual arts, digital arts, physical education and engineering. 

    After school, students can choose from free academic contests or enrichment courses.

    Grades 9-12

    We offer advanced core classes for grades 9-12.

    • Pre AP English 9
    • Pre AP English 10
    • Pre AP Physics and Engineering
    • Pre AP Civics and Geography
    • Advanced Algebra
    • Pre Calculus
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Calculus
    • AP Biology
    • AP Physics
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature
    • AP Spanish Language
    • AP Studio Art
    • AP Art History
    • AP World History
    • AP US History
    • AP US Government
    • AP Comparative Government
    • AP Economics
    • AVID in grades 9-12
    • PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Options)
    • Credit by Examination
    • and an assortment of clubs, sports and activities.
  • Office of Teaching and Learning
    763-528-4435 | Fax: 763-528-4437
    1440 49th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

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