Clinton Public School

Q.U.E.S.T.


This program is delivered to students using a pullout format that incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to learning.  Students are engaged in thematic learning experiences with extended inquiry-based projects designed to develop critical thinking skills, collaboration, and creative approaches to real world situations.  Q.U.E.S.T. is designed to be responsive to the interests and affinities of the participants, with an infusion of 21st Century Skills as denoted by the program components listed below.

 

Program Components

  • use inquiry and research within project driven learning experiences
  • frame, analyze and synthesize information in order to solve problems and answer questions
  • articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively through speaking and writing
  • exceed basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore and expand one's own learning and opportunities to gain expertise
  • set and meet high standards and goals for delivering quality work on time
  • understand the interconnections among systems
  • solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways
  • use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information
  • work effectively with diverse teams
  • utilize the global community as a resource to expand one's own knowledge, insight and expertise
  • analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs effectively
  • synthesize and make connections between information and arguments
  • be receptive and responsive to new and diverse perspectives
  • utilize the global community as a resource to expand one's own knowledge, insight and expertise


Primary

At the primary level Q.U.E.S.T. consists of a pullout program, where students are provided an array of learning opportunities that emphasize content in the four core academic areas (math, language arts, science and social studies).  The pullout program design allows students to be grouped homogeneously with other gifted and talented students and participate in enriched academic experiences.  Enrichment and extension of advanced concepts are explored through a project-based application integrating learning across content areas.

 

Intermediate and Middle School

At the intermediate and middle school levels Q.U.E.S.T. consists of a pullout program that is differentiated in terms of content, process, and product.  Students at this level are involved in inquiry-based lessons, group problem solving settings, independent investigations and group discussions.  Learning experiences at this level will include an integration of core academic areas. Since students in this program are high achieving, they may be excused from making up work missed while attending their Q.U.E.S.T. session unless new material is introduced or students have not yet demonstrated mastery of the day's learning objective.  However, if there are particular assignments due on the Q.U.E.S.T. pullout day, it is the responsibility of the student to work out an accommodation with the regular classroom teacher.
Last Modified on November 11, 2010
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