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High School Services Overview

Mankato Area Public Schools offers a variety of high school services for academically talented students (see chart below).

The district uses the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework on a daily basis to meet the individualized learning needs of academically talented students. Many times, people associate interventions with struggling students. However, interventions also apply to students who are academically talented.

The RtI model allows students the following educational benefits:

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  • Student grouping by readiness
  • Accelerated pace
  • Greater complexity in meeting standards
  • Opportunities for complex, critical, and creative thought
  • Engagement with complex and challenging resources, tasks, and applications
  • Increased independence
  • Expanded student choice

This approach leads to increased:

  • Understanding and learning
  • Motivation and engagement
  • Independent and collaborative problem-solving skills

The following chart overviews the variety of services available for high ability middle school services. For more information, you can also look at the Talent Development Handbook.

High School RtI Levels of Services

tier 1: all students tier 2: accessed by some high ability students tier 3: accessed by few high ability students

Instructional Coaching Support

Enriched classes in core subjects of English, math, and social studies

Subject Compaction and Acceleration

Career and College Readiness Preparation 9-12

Physics X and Chemistry X in grade 9

Independent Study

Differentiated Instruction 9-12

Project Lead the Way Engineering Program


Academic Competitions

AVID in grades 9-12


1:1 Device Learning

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses



Post-secondary Learning Opportunities


Elective courses in many disciplines


Academic challenge competitions such as Knowledge Bowl, Debate, Speech, Math League, Vex Robotics, YES! Team

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