Gifted Services

Gifted Services

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ISD 199 Gifted Services

Inver Grove Heights Schools strives to provide rigor for all students. As part of that work, ISD 199 offers a continuum of services for identified gifted and talented students districtwide. The continuum is based on a Levels of Service approach.

Within the Classroom, Beyond the General Curriculum
  • Differentiation within the classroom (content, pacing, process, product)
  • Varied course sequences (ISD 199 Math Course Sequences and Acceleration Options, ISD 199 English Course Sequences and Acceleration Options)
  • Career pathways (Business and entrepreneurship, computer science and information technology, education, healthcare, transportation, and skilled trades)
  • Challenge-based learning, in which students use their interests to look deeper into local and global issues and collaborate with peers to help solve them.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses, College in the Schools (CIS) courses, and concurrent enrollment options
Talent Development
  • Enrichment before, during, and after school (i.e. Link Crew, WEB, Student Advisory, Youth Executive Board, Drama, Math Masters, Math League, Robotics, Marching Band, etc.)
  • Competitions (i.e. WordMasters, Student Podcast Challenge, Quiz Bowl, Knowledge Bowl, etc.)
Specialized Services
  • Subject or grade acceleration
  • Cluster grouping
  • Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program enrollment
  • Direct gifted services with a Gifted and Talented Specialist for grades 2-8 districtwide

Gifted Services at Each School

Hilltop, Pine Bend, & Salem Hills Elementary Schools
Hilltop, Pine Bend, and Salem Hills elementary school students in grades 2-5 identified as gifted have the opportunity to get direct service once a week throughout the school year. These enrichment groups focus on developing critical thinking and creativity skills for students through projects and critical thinking curriculum. District gifted services staff also support elementary school teachers in providing more challenging, in-depth learning opportunities for their advanced students.

Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program
ISD 199’s Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program is a school-within-a-school located at Salem Hills Elementary. Atheneum provides a full-time accelerated learning environment designed to meet the needs of exceptionally gifted students in grades 2-5. Application process and eligibility testing information can be found on our Atheneum webpage:

Inver Grove Heights Middle School
All Inver Grove Heights Middle School students have opportunities to be challenged with differentiated learning and advanced coursework in their core classes. Academically gifted students have additional opportunities, including enrichment services with a dedicated Gifted and Talented Specialist, cluster grouping in classes with other identified gifted and advanced students, and subject acceleration with the opportunity to earn early high school credit. For more information, click here for the IGHMS Gifted Services handout or visit the IGHMS Advanced Coursework & Acceleration webpage.

Simley High School
Simley High School students have access to a range of challenging classes, many of which offer early college credit and nationally recognized professional certifications. Course options include Advanced Placement (AP) classes, concurrent enrollment courses, Center for Advanced Professional Studies courses and internship opportunities, Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), and more. Click here for Simley’s full course catalog.

We have every learner in mind and are deeply committed to gifted services districtwide. We continue to work to expand enrichment programming and services both inside and outside of the school day.

Program Tours

Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program: To tour the Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program, please visit the Application Process webpage found at

Inver Grove Heights Middle School: If you would like to schedule a tour at Inver Grove Heights Middle School, please call 651-306-7200.

Simley High School: If you would like to schedule a tour at Simley, please call 651-306-7000.

Contact Gifted Services

Contact ISD 199 Gifted Services staff at 651-306-7469. The fax number for ISD 199 Gifted Services is 651-306-7152.