Navigator Program

In these videos, see how the Navigator Program engages and inspires the highly gifted child. Students and teachers share how personalized curriculum, focus on the whole child, and emphasis on authentic learning are key to maximizing growth (academic, intellectual, personal) for highly gifted students.

Minnetonka Navigators: Gr. 2-3


Minnetonka Navigators: Gr. 4-5


 Navigator Program

For exceptionally gifted students in grades 2-5, the Navigator Program serves a small, very unique group of learners with IQs of 140 and above. Exceptionally gifted students often share many of the following characteristics:
  • Skills of abstraction, conceptualization and synthesis
  • Intrinsic motivation to learn or explore; highly inquisitive
  • Quickly perceive similarities, differences and anomalies
  • A Large vocabulary; the ability to read quickly and deeply
  • Fast rate of learning with little need for repetitive practice
  • Proficiency to work independently and concentrate for long periods of time
  • Often skeptical, critical and evaluative
  • A large storehouse of information on many topics
  • Intensity in energy, imagination, intellect and persistence

Eighty years of research shows that the academic, social and emotional needs of exceptionally gifted students cannot be met in the regular classroom setting or even in the District's High Potential programs. The Navigator Program provides a specialized learning environment which capitalizes on the unique intellectual strengths of its learners. By providing advanced academic content through differentiated instructional practice, the Navigator Program develops students’ tenacity and cognitive stamina when faced with challenging work. Social-emotional development is enhanced through engagement with intellectual peers and through working with teachers who understand the highly gifted child.

Navigator classrooms are located in Excelsior and Scenic Heights Elementary Schools, but serve students from across the District and beyond through open-enrollment. For more information, please contact Diane Rundquist at 952.401.5100 or

Do you think Navigator may be the right fit for your child?  Learn more about the program and application process at one of our Parent Information Sessions:
  • Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Minnetonka District Service Center
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Minnetonka District Service Center

To see the Navigator Program in action, come to our Open House events. You can visit multiple classrooms and observe teachers and students at work. You are welcome to attend one or both Open Houses:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 1–3 p.m., at Scenic Heights Elementary
  • Thursday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., at Excelsior Elementary

Quick Links:


Navigator Brochure

Navigator Parent Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions


 Navigators in the News

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