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Middle Level Services Overview

Mankato Area Public Schools offer a variety of middle 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.

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The RtI model allows students the following educational benefits:

  • 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.

Middle 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

Cluster grouping in math and reading in grade 6

Subject Compaction and Acceleration

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Inquiry-Based Approach to Learning

Standards compaction and acceleration

Grade Acceleration

Career and College Readiness Preparation 6-8

Enriched math classes in grades 7-8

Independent Study

1:1 Device Learning

Cluster grouping in English 7-8 classes


Differentiated Instruction 6-8

AVID in grades 6-8


Flexible Grouping 6-8

Co-curricular activities, such as

  • Math Counts
  • Math League
  • Spelling Bee
  • Geography Bee
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Drama Club
  • Debate
  • Student Council