Beginning next year, a new honors program will be housed at Edison Middle School.
The top one percent of middle school students will learn and challenge each other together. It is something that gifted education teacher Tracie Bell Moon says is 'forward thinking.'
"These students will be encouraged to push outside of their comfort zones and to really break the mold," Bell Moon said. "Instead of taking students where they should be, which is something Sioux Falls has never done, we're going to take them as far as they can go."
It is groups of students, like gifted education sixth graders at Edison, which will be in the new honors program. The Edison Middle School Principal Steve Griffith says this is something that has been missing for a long time.
"Just to have that cohere group come together now and an opportunity for those kids to work together and compete with each other while benefiting all of our school," Griffith said.
The program will bring the top students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade to do group-based and project-based learning, combined classes and accelerated courses in math, science, language arts and social studies.
The District says this will allow the students to get a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
"This is, in my option, so forward thinking, so 21st century, we are preparing students to work in the world of today and tomorrow," Bell Moon said.
Students will have to be considered gifted, fill out an application and take a series of tests to be accepted into the program.
Edison Middle School will still continue to have accelerated classes for gifted students who are not in the new honors program.
For more information visit the Sioux Falls School District's website.