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Rapid Learner Program 

Deterding Elementary School is one of three sites that house the San Juan Unified School District’s Rapid Learner Program. At Deterding Elementary, we meet the advanced learning needs of gifted and high achieving students while stimulating their intellectual curiosity and artistic abilities.  With inquiry-based instruction, students master accelerated skills, then apply their knowledge using critical and creative thinking. Our academic curriculum is interwoven with a strong tradition of excellence in visual and performing arts.  Our program consistently provides students with academic challenges and social interactions that will help them grow into productive community members.  Encouraging new experiences and the sharing of ideas, we are committed to giving each student the opportunity to develop to his or her full potential. Our Rapid Learner Program recognizes the importance of educating the whole child and developing students who 21st Century ready, as well as who are life long learners, with a curiosity about the world around them.                   

Program Highlights

  • Visual arts studio with full time art teacher;  advanced visual arts curriculum and instruction
  • Level of instruction is advanced in all subject areas through acceleration, complexity, depth, and novelty
  • Instruction in English Language Arts and math are accelerated in our Rapid Learner Classrooms
  • Questioning strategies are used to develop higher level thinking, problem solving, and creativity
  • Vocal and instrumental music program
  • After school Chinese classes
  • K-3rd grade dance instruction during the school day
  • Award-winning choir
  • Environmental experiences
  • Community service opportunities
  • Explorations and enrichment in algebra with UC Davis Math Skills Professor
  • High parent involvement with many opportunities
  • Day and overnight field trips linked to grade level curriculum in social studies, science, the arts, math, and English Language Arts
  • Intramural sports program for grades 5-6
  • Spring Art Festival
  • Chrome Books, Laptops, i-Pads, internet, Elmos, projectors are used as tools to further the learning in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and the integration of the Arts
  • Buddy programs with students on campus
  • Arts Integration, daily
  • Opportunities to join Dance Team, Choir, and theatrical performance opportunities