Questions and Answers
Who is Eligible for the TAG Program?
School District of Janesville students of all grade levels are eligible! (Grades K-12, or students entering into Kindergarten). The School District of Janesville has an established means of identifying gifted and talented students in each of the following categories: Artistic (visual and performing arts), Creative, Leadership, Academic, Intellectual.
TAG Advocates lead the identification process and facilitate parent communication, and provide teachers in their buildings support in implementing enrichment. Each school and grade level provides opportunities for their students based on the needs of the student. The majority of students are serviced through the regular education classroom. Qualifying students may be invited to participate in the district magnet program for talented and gifted students.
Children must be enrolled in The School District of Janesville to participate in School District of Janesville TAG Programming. To open enroll your child in the School District of Janesville, please see our enrollment site or call 608-743-5152.
How can I find out if my child qualifies for the TAG Program?
Please contact the TAG Advocate for your child’s school.
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You may also contact the School District of Janesville TAG Coordinator, Stacy Petersen at 608-743-7005 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the "Who is Eligible for the TAG Program" section above, to see if your child is a good fit!
When is a Good Time to Sign up my Child?
During the months of May, June or early July, take the necessary steps to ensure your child is enrolled in TAG Programming come late August when the new school year begins. This time frame is ideal for children in Grades K-12, as well as children entering into Kindergarten.
If a school year is already in session, please contact Stacy Petersen, to see if there are options to switch your child into TAG Programming during the school year.
Where do Students Participate in TAG Programming?
The TAG program is offered at all SDJ schools. Students who are identified as gifted and talented in the following categories:
Artistic, Creative, Leadership, Academic, Intellectual are programmed to participate.
TAG Advocates lead the identification process and facilitate parent communication, and provide teachers in their buildings support in implementing enrichment programming.
Each school and grade level provides opportunities for their students based on the needs of the student.
The majority of students are serviced through the regular education classroom.
Qualifying students may be invited to participate in the district magnet program for talented and gifted students.
The Challenge Magnet program in grades 3 - 8; identified students from the district attend Challenge site/s. It is currently housed at Roosevelt Elementary and Edison Middle School.
No matter which school is designated as a child's neighborhood school, children who will participate in TAG programming are automatically transferred to a TAG school. (Listed above)
- At the Elementary School Level: Students are put into TAG classes full-time.
- At the Middle School Level: Students are put into TAG classes, and also take elective classes.
- At the High School Level: Students are put into TAG classes, take elective classes, and have several options to take advanced courses in several different academic areas.
Why Provide TAG Programming in SDJ?
Giftedness, intelligence, and talent are fluid concepts and may look different in different contexts and cultures. Even within schools, you will find a range of beliefs about the word "gifted" which has become a term with multiple meanings.
SDJ is committed to serving all students, and preparing them to, one day, graduate prepared for college, career, and life. We are committed to providing accelerated services and activities not ordinarily provided in a regular school program, because that is what a subset of our student population requires in order to fully develop not only academically, but as individuals.