The Green Bay Area Public School District uses the Wisconsin Comprehensive Integrated Gifted Programming Model, sometimes referred to as the Pyramid Model. In this model, options and services become more specialized as the identified population becomes smaller. For example, the small number of Advanced Level students will require more specialized services than the Intermediate or Basic Level students. This model is compatible with the District’s philosophy of meeting the needs of the majority of students in a regular classroom environment.
The Pyramid Model specifies three levels of programming options:
The Basic Level includes programming options for students whose primary needs can be met through regular classroom differentiation. These students would be classified as “mildly gifted” and will most likely include approximately 60-70% of our identified students.
The Intermediate Level includes programming options for students whose primary needs require special group programming beyond the regular classroom. These students would be classified as “moderately gifted” and will include about 20-30% of our identified students.
The Advanced Level includes programming options for students who need individualized services beyond regular classroom differentiation or special group programming. These students would be classified as “highly or severely gifted” and will include approximately 5-10% of our identified students.
In addition to the programming options, the Pyramid Model also identifies support functions that are necessary for successful program implementation: