Gifted Services

Able Learner

ISD 199 Gifted Services
2990 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
phone 651-306-7469
fax 651-306-7152

District-wide Gifted and Talented Services

ISD 199 offers a continuum of services for identified gifted and talented students district-wide. The continuum is based on a Levels of Service approach.  

Current ISD 199 Continuum of Services

Within Classroom, Beyond General Curriculum

  • Differentiation within the classroom (content, pacing, process, product)
  • Course pathways
  • Career pathways
  • Challenge-based learning
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses, concurrent enrollment options


Talent Development

  • Enrichment before, during, after school (i.e. Junior Great Books, Link Crew, WEB, Student Advisory, Youth Executive Board, Drama, Math League, Robotics, Marching Band, etc.)
  • Competitions ( i.e. Word Masters, Lego League, Quiz Bowl, Knowledge Bowl, etc.)


Specialized Services

  • Subject or grade acceleration
  • Cluster Grouping
  • Atheneum Gifted Magnet
  • Telescoping
  • Post-secondary Education Options (PSEO), College in the Schools (CIS)

Spring/Summer 2018 Update

We have every learner in mind and are deeply committed to gifted services district-wide. We are currently working to identify opportunities to expand enrichment programming and services both inside and outside of the school day.  Planning for next steps includes:

  • The hiring of a PK-8 Gifted and Talented Services Coordinator to: support screening and identification processes; expand enrichment opportunities both within and outside of the school day; assist staff with differentiating learning; designing specialized learning activities, projects, and cluster grouping; and providing professional development to meet the needs of identified gifted and high achieving students;
  • The addition of a PK-12 Gifted and Talented Advisory Council.  Communication regarding the role of the Council and how to participate was sent out to all district families and the community in the Spring edition of the 199 Reporter and is also located on our district website under the Community “Get Involved” page at: .  The Council will begin in the Fall of the 2018-2019 school year and will be facilitated by Pam McDonald, an independent gifted and talented education expert and consultant;
  • Strengthening gifted and talented identification processes and procedures for:
    • New students past grade 2
    • Identifying students within additional gifted and talented domains (i.e. leadership, visual and performing arts, cognitive, etc.);  
  • Conducting a needs assessment to determine scope of services, programs, and practices district-wide;
  • Continuing professional development focused on: personalized learning through multiple pathways, characteristics of students with gifts and talents, differentiation through a variety of methods, and engaging learning environments.

Program Tours

Atheneum: To tour the Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program, please click here to register for an Atheneum tour.

Middle School or High School: If you would like to schedule a tour at Inver Grove Heights Middle School or Simley High School, please contact IGH Middle School Guidance Counselor Jessica Maloney at 651-306-7206 or Simley Guidance Counselor Kris DeVries at 651-306-7005.