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Our research-based six step process teaches critical and creative thinking, problem-solving & higher-level decision making while promoting the development of ethical leadership skills — meeting and exceeding state and national standards.


FPS is aligned with:

  • Common Core State Standards Initiative

  • 21st Century Skills

  • STEM

  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) GIfted Programming Standards


English Language Arts/Literacy

  • Extensive reading of nonfiction/informational text.

  • Writing to the sources while using evidence from topic texts to build challenges, solutions, action plans and scenarios.

  • Using content materials in the Lexile stretch band level to increase exposure to complex texts.

  • Developing content rich academic vocabulary through diverse FPS topic material.

  • Building content area literacy in social studies, economics, technology and science through research of relevant topics.



  • Real world application of content.

  • Strategic use of appropriate mathematical tools.

  • Ability to solve problems beyond the math classroom.

  • Project development requiring demonstration of conceptual understanding.


  • Critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Appreciation of science and its role in innovation.

  • Encourages students to develop a vision for the future.

  • Exposure to research and career paths in STEM fields of study through a wide array of annual topics.

  • Challenges students to think about complex, authentic, futuristic world issues while teaching methodologies for solving these types of challenges.


21st Century Skills

  • Initiative.

  • Technological literacy.

  • Flexibility and adaptability.

  • Independent investigation.

  • Collaboration and teamwork.

  • Civic literacy and citizenship.

  • Global and cultural awareness.

  • Social responsibility and ethics.

  • Ethical leadership for positive change.

  • Competence across dimensions of learning.

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