In our continued efforts to meet the learning needs of all students, Annunciation offers an STEM program for qualifying Middle School students. Annunciation's Dimensions program was created to challenge our top students beyond the classroom.
The Schulze Family rewarded Annunciation with a matching grant to grow and extend Dimensions. Due to the generosity of the Schulze family and our Annunciation Community, we are fortunate to to offer our Dimensions program.
Dimensions students are identified through a rigorous matrix of indicators including aptitude, demonstrated classroom accomplishment (the student contributes ideas, products or discussion at a level beyond most of their peers) and/or multiple scores at or above the 97th percentile on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). The heaviest weight is placed on the OLSAT test score and then evidence of demonstrated classroom accomplishment. Our process is comparable to the process many schools use to identify students for academic gifted and talented programs.
Dimensions is an opportunity for high performing, motivated, highly-creative, deeply curious students to pursue topics of interest that aren't normally covered (or aren't covered in-depth) in our regular curriculum.
Our target goals for Dimensions include giving students the tools, space and resources to:
- know and understand their talents
- pursue their passions
- have a self-concept separate from achievement
- learn decision-making, goal setting and evaluation skills
- look toward their future
- have fun while learning
Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator