The MPSD program for gifted and talented students is known as EXCEL and is pursuant to Board Policy 2464. This policy is in correlation to the mission and vision statements that center on our commitment to serving all students at the highest levels. School districts are required to provide appropriately challenging programming for all students who “give evidence of high-performance capability in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or specific academic areas and need services or activities not ordinarily provided in a regular school program in order to fully develop such capabilities” (WI statute § 118.35).
Students with unique gifts and talents need appropriate challenges through enrichment, acceleration, and various differentiated educational experiences. In partnership with parents, staff members assist students in developing their gifts and talents through inclusive identification, continuous and systematic programming, and socio-emotional guidance and counseling.


Classroom teachers provide appropriate challenges for those students identified as having strengths in math, reading, writing, language, science, social studies, music, and art through enriched, scaffolded instruction.  High school students also have the opportunity to engage in advanced course work.

The MPSD utilizes a multi-level system of support designed to provide equitable services, practices, and resources to every learner, including students with unique gifts and talents, based upon responsiveness to effective instruction and intervention. In this system, high quality instruction, strategic use of data, and collaboration interact within a continuum of supports to ensure learner success. Schools provide varying types of supports at differing levels of intensity to proactively and responsively adjust to the needs of the whole child. These include the knowledge, skills, and habits learners need for success beyond high school, including developmental, academic, behavioral, social and emotional skills (Wisconsin DPI, July 2017).

EXCEL Resources:  

Wisconsin DPI Gifted and Talented Pupils • CTD (Gifted Learning Links) • Hoagies
Davidson Institute • National Assocation for Gifted Children  SENG

If you have questions on the EXCEL Program, please contact MPSD Administrator of Personalized Learning,
Christopher Dirkes at (920) 686-4702.


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