School Programs
 
Elementary Schools
RJE Middle School
Grand Rapids High School
After School Enrichment Programs

Elementary Schools
The elementary schools in ISD 318 have a variety of programming available to meet the individual needs of GATE students. GATE services have trained numerous teachers in the buildings in differentiated instruction for gifted students. In some buildings, teachers will utilize volunteers to work with subgroups of students to allow more time for the teacher to work with other students.

In addition, identified gifted and talented students can choose to join the STAHR program (STudents Achieving High Rigor). This program has students work with the gifted education coordinator on a periodic basis. During this time, students work on critical thinking, creative thinking, and subject specific games and activities.

Robert J Elkington Middle School
The RJE Middle School has a wide variety of programming available to meet the individual needs of GATE students. It is proud to offer a well rounded curriculum using the Middle School philosophy. Besides standards based curriculum in all core subjects, offerings in Technology, Computer Education, Physical Education and Health, Art, Band, and Choir make RJE an exceptional learning institution with opportunities that many rural schools are unable to provide.

GATE services have trained numerous teachers in the building in differentiated instruction for gifted students and provide release time once a month for teachers to collaborate on lesson plans for gifted students. In addition, the following opportunities are available for students at RJE:
  • Classes with teachers trained in differentiated instruction for gifted and talented students.
  • Advanced Math courses in 7th and 8th grades.
  • Advanced Language Arts classes for 8th graders.
  • New courses in 8th grade for students with science/technology or foreign language interests.
  • Art, Band, and Choir opportunities for students with creative abilities and aptitudes. 
In addition, identified gifted and talented students can choose to join the STAHR program (STudents Achieving High Rigor). This program has students work with the gifted education coordinator on a periodic basis. During this time, students work on critical thinking, creative thinking, and subject specific games and activities.

Grand Rapids High School
Grand Rapids High School has a long and storied history of academic excellence. This tradition is carried on today through continuous quality improvement and a variety of well recognized academic programs. As with all schools in ISD 318, GRHS promotes staff development in the area of differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students in the building. In addition, it offers the following academic programming that make it truly unique among schools in rural Minnesota:

Project Lead the Way - a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college. However, those not intending to pursue engineering will benefit from the knowledge and logical thought processes that result from taking some or all of the courses provided in the curriculum.

College in the Schools – a concurrent enrollment program in conjunction with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Concurrent enrollment allows the students to earn both college and high school credit in the courses. The courses are University of Minnesota Regents approved courses taught by Grand Rapids High School teachers approved as UMD adjunct instructors. Grades and credits are recorded on a permanent, official UMD transcript.

International Baccalaureate - is two year pre-university coursework for motivated, gifted, and talented juniors and seniors. The courses incorporate multi-cultural perspectives and internationally based standards of achievement. Courses lead to either the IB Diploma or certificates in one or more of the IB subject areas. Grand Rapids High School was the first school in Minnesota to offer this program and is currently the only non metro school in Minnesota with this offering.
he following programs are generally available at each of the levels indicated. The majority of these are funded and run through the Middle School Assistant Principal and the Academic Enrichment Fund. A few are funded or organized through gifted education. They are all beneficial to identified gifted students and the general population as well.

After School Enrichment

 
Elementary
  • Junior Naturalist
  • Knowledge Cup
  • Spelling Bee
  • 4th Grade Math Contest
Middle School 
  • 5th Grade Math Contest
  • News Bowl League
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Math Counts
  • Math Masters
  • National Geography Bee
  • Art Club
  • History Day Competition
  • Archery Club-Mechanics, Physics of Flight and History of Archery
High School 
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Close Up
  • Math Team
  • Econ Team
  • FFA
  • Super Mileage Car Challenge
 
  • American Legion-Boys and Girls State
  • Federal Reserve Essay Contest
  • MSHSL Speech, Debate, 1 Act Play
  • Reif Dancers
  • High School Musical
  • Minnesota House and Senate Page Program
  • GRHS Green Team