FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Public School district is reviewing its SAGE Program.
The SAGE program supports gifted and talented students in the district from the elementary level to middle school.
Framingham currently provides a pull-out model for the students in grades 2-8 who are part of the SAGE program. SAGE is for students who demonstrate a high academic ability, an abstract thinking preference, and a divergent learning style.
“The SAGE program is not going away,” but we are reviewing the program to make improvements. When we are done, it may not look exactly like it is now at each school, but the goal is to continue the program in the district,” said Framingham Superintendent of School Bob Tremblay last month to Framingham Source.
This morning, the district asked all families, not just those in the SAGE program to take a survey by this Friday, April 13. Links to the survey in three languages are below.
“Framingham Public Schools recognizes the value of the SAGE program which provides services to students who’ve been identified as academically and intellectually gifted and talented. Like all instructional programs, SAGE is currently being reviewed so we can better understand the program itself and to strengthen it based on current best practices and brain research,” wrote the district in an email to parents.
“This review process has resulted in concern from many parents in the District,” wrote the public school district in an email to parents.
“In an effort to provide transparency, clarity, and comfort,” the district is inviting parents to attend one of three informational meetings later this month.
The meetings are:
- Tuesday, April 24 at Wilson Elementary at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 25 at Fuller Middle at 7 p.m.
- Thursday, April 26 at Walsh Middle at 7 p.m.
Parents only need to attend one information session, as the same information will be presented at each of these meetings. The meetings are open to all members of the community. Childcare and translation services will be available.
The beginnings of the SAGE program in the Framingham Public Schools began in 1980, when research began thanks to a grant. In 1986, middle school services began in the Framingham Public Schools. In 1998, high school services were developed and implemented in Framingham. (SAGE services now stop at grade 8). In 2000, the elementary and secondary SAGE programs merged.