Program for Academic and Creative Talent (PACT)


Madison PACT Website
Ms. Lassen

District PACT Website 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Program for Academic and Creative Talent (PACT) is to enhance and support the educational program and experience of high ability students to prepare them to become world class learners and responsible citizens.


The elementary school PACT department provides advanced learning experiences for high ability students.  PACT Resource Specialists serve the schools on a rotating schedule, offering students the opportunity to participate in challenging activities in such areas as science, humanities, mathematics, and language arts. ACE, Prime Time and PACT are the three programs offered in our elementary buildings.


ACE (Academic Challenge Experiences) is a kindergarten and first grade program. The ACE program manager will visit all kindergarten and first grade classrooms five times throughout the school year.  Lessons will focus on and develop the student’s ability to think creatively, critically, logically and to problem solve.  Data collected will be used by the classroom teacher and PACT department to aid in determining the need for extensions and future programming.


Prime Time is a demanding academic program that serves second and third grade students. Students selected for Prime Time have demonstrated potential in a specific intellectual area. All students in 2nd and 3rd grades are screened in September and January. Students are selected for this program based on the results of the screening activity, district assessments and teacher observations. Those students selected will meet with the PACT Resource Specialist weekly.

PACT (4th & 5th GRADES)

PACT provides challenging curriculum experiences for high ability students in fourth and fifth grade. Multiple criteria will be used to select students for PACT classes. Criteria include: PACT unit screening scores, achievement tests, ability tests and teacher observations. Students selected will meet with the PACT Resource Specialist weekly.

Websites for Parents:

The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent
Development at The University of Iowa has established a national reputation for its research, training, and service. It is seen as a leader in the field of gifted education. The Belin-Blank Center focuses on identifying gifted and talented learners, providing specialized opportunities for students, conducts comprehensive research on giftedness, supports professional development for educators, disseminates information through conferences and publications, assesses and counsels gifted students and their families, enhances educational opportunities through technology, and promotes equity and access in developing talent.  For more information:

The National Research Center on Gifted and Talented
(NRC/GT), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, investigates, develops, and disseminates new methods for identifying and teaching gifted students. The NRC/GT, located at the University of Connecticut, is run collaboratively with the University of Virginia and Yale University, and works in conjunction with more than 300 public school district research study sites.

National Association for Gifted Children
(NAGC) is an organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders to address the unique needs of children and youth. Membership includes a subscription to Parenting for High Potential, a magazine with articles geared to the development of talent.

You can search State Resources for Gifted Education and Individual State Gifted Organizations on the NAGC website by clicking on the heading "Gifted By State."

Council for Exceptional Children
(CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

The Association for the Gifted
(TAG) organized in 1958 by The Council for Exceptional Children, helps professionals and parents work with gifted children.

The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students
(AEGUS) provides a forum for ideas and interventions aimed at helping twice-exceptional students reach their full potential.

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development
has extensive resources for highly gifted students (and their parents). You can access articles by selecting "Browse by Topic" or "Search GT-Cybersource" from the "Resources" header in the pull-down top bar menu bar.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
(SENG) focuses primarily on the adults (parents, educators, etc) in the lives of gifted children. SENG provides information on identification, guidance, and effective ways to live and work with gifted individuals.

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
is a resource guide for the education of gifted children with links to many gifted education resources available on the Internet. Identification, Encouragement, and Development
(GCC) is an on-line parents' newsletter with networking and information dedicated to making a difference in the education of children with special talents and abilities.

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