Our Program

  • Shakopee Schools' High Potential (HP) programming is focused on delivering high quality services to students in three categories:

    • High Performing — Students demonstrating consistently high academic success
    • High Potential — Students with excellent evaluation scores/measurements who may not be reaching academic potential for a variety of reasons
    • Gifted & Talented — Students fitting the US Department of Education's definition (1993): "Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.“

      Typically, this phrase refers to the top 1-3% of all students.
    Services are delivered to these students across the K-12 spectrum and offer students additional challenges, enrichments, and extensions in numerous academic areas.


    Each of Shakopee's five elementary schools is staffed with a full-time HP teacher. 
    • Eagle Creek Elementary
    • Jackson Elementary
    • Red Oak Elementary
    • Sun Path Elementary
    • Sweeney Elementary
    Services for identified HP students increase by grade level, culminating in dedicated reading and math instruction for 4th and 5th grade HP students on a daily basis.


    As HP students move into the secondary level (Grades 6-12), they transition into accelerated and honors-level coursework as well as having opportunities to participate in a wide variety of co-curricular activities. 
    • Pearson 6th Grade Center
    • East Junior High
    • West Junior High
    • Shakopee High School
    The secondary level has a full-time Secondary HP Specialist who works closely with secondary teaching staff to train, coach, and develop effective differentiation strategies for working with HP students in each secondary building.