Gifted Studies at South Ocala
Welcome to South Ocala Elementary School! One of the greatest responsibilities in our community is to uphold high expectations with duty and diligence to ensure that our children get the best education possible! South Ocala Elementary has a long-standing history of excellence, performance, and community engagement. Our esteem originates from a shared-commitment to quality expectations for our students.
South Ocala Elementary believes that ALL students achieve when the learning experience is personalized and intentionally planned to inspire, challenge, and motivate! We provide a uniquely designed educational experience to ensure that each student:
- Develops a solid foundation for a successful educational career.
- Fully participates in rigorous academic conversations focused on discovering more about the world and their place in it.
- Builds lasting relationships with intellectual peers, teachers, and other role models.
- Broadens a self-awareness that includes citizenship, positive social change, and personal accountability.
As part of the Success at SOE experience, students learn and apply organizational skills, time management skills, and project-based learning. They are responsible for co-creating a plan for learning, maximizing the use of materials and resources in self-directed work, and using rubrics, guidelines, and other frameworks to self-evaluate their progress toward learning goals.
The gifted program at South Ocala Elementary offers full-time, self-contained gifted classes in grades K-5. Gifted students will master the grade level Florida Standards as well as the Gifted Standards. Students will receive individualized and accelerated instruction in each subject area and are able participate in some or all of the following: Robotics, Lego League, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Odyssey of the Mind, STEAM Showcase, Art and Chorus Club, Good News Club, 4H, and Media Production. During the week, students have Art and Music and every day students have PE and recess. Gifted students will work to complete an electronic portfolio, which serves as a digital storehouse of learning artifacts throughout the school year. Gifted students at South Ocala will have access to Chromebook technology and fully engaged classrooms. 21st Century learning requires students be able to collaborate, communicate, express creativity, and apply critical thinking. The use of technology in the classroom will broaden these skills.