Gifted Program Services & Placement

Gifted Program Services & Placement

Gifted Program Services Overview

Placement in accelerated, honors, advanced, and gifted courses for students identified as gifted/superior cognitive is dependent on the grade and building of your child.  Below is an explanation of Gifted Course Placement for each of our buildings.  The descriptions are aligned with state guidelines, best practices guidelines from the NAGC, and represent general rules that the district follows.  We understand that unique circumstances and student needs may usurp our general practices. 

Please note that there is additional information on our Acceleration page concerning course requests by parents/guardians for students identified as gifted and/or superior cognitive.  As with all curricular programming in the district, gifted programming and services continue to evolve.  Our educational goal remains to be the differentiation of instruction in our general education classrooms to meet individual student needs and provide equity for all learners.  
 

Independence Primary School Gifted Services (Grades 2 - 4)

Gifted Services:
Gifted services at Independence Middle School include:
  1. Grade Level Enrichment Classes
  2. Grade Level Differentiation within the general education classroom.

Gifted services vary by grade at the Primary School.  We continue to focus on differentiation in the general education classroom with teacher support from our gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS).  Independence Primary School also has pull-out classes in reading and math (varying year-to-year based on number of gifted students) for our 3rd and 4th grades.



Independence Middle School Gifted Services (Grades 5-8)

Gifted services at Independence Middle School include:
  1. Subject Acceleration
  2. Grade Level Enrichment Classes
  3. Grade Level Differentiation and Independent Extension Activities.


MATH

While subject acceleration is still an option for Superior Cognitive and Math Gifted identified students, this acceleration is determined on a student-by-student basis.  Our departmental goal is to differentiate and personalize learning at grade-level for our students.   This allows students to learn the important fundamental math skills necessary for success in high school courses like Geometry, Calculus, and Physics, while allowing teachers to enrich curriculum for those students that show mastery of content.  The inclusion of students at all levels of math learning in a classroom creates a system of peer scaffolding, universal design, and equity. The vision statement for math education at Independence Schools is:


We Believe...

"Math education at Independence Schools is about creating Problem 

Solvers with a strong mathematical foundation, number sense, the ability 

to intelligently discuss math concepts, and experience math beyond The Test.  Math is a 

developing, spiraling subject which requires mastery at developmentally appropriate levels."


The general rule for math education for students labeled Superior Cognitive and/or Gifted in Math is outlined below.  While some students might still subject accelerate; the transition to middle school, change to more rigourous Ohio Learning Standards for Math, and importance of fundamental math concepts greatly impact math placement. Subject acceleration does not affect a students ability to participate in AP or advanced math in high school.

  1. Gifted Students entering 5th grade
    1. Grade-Level Math Enrichment
  2. Gifted Students entering 6th grade
    1. Grade-Level Math enrichment  
  3. Gifted Students entering 7th grade
    1. IOWA testing at the conclusion of 6th grade and teacher recommendation are used to determine placement in Math 7 or Pre-Algebra.
      1. An IOWA score of 96%-99% (9th Stanine) and teacher recommendation allows for Pre-Algebra placement.
      2. Retesting at parent discretion must be submitted in writing within 2 weeks after receiving IOWA results 
  4. Gifted Students entering 8th grade
    1. IOWA testing at the conclusion of 7th grade and teacher recommendation are used to determine placement in Math 8 or Algebra
      1. An IOWA score of 96%-99% (9th Stanine) and teacher recommendation allow for placement in Algebra
      2. Retesting at parent discretion must be submitted in writing within 2 weeks after recieving IOWA results
  5. Gifted Students entering 9th grade
    1. Algebra 1 students must achieve a B+ (87%) or higher and teacher recommendation for Honors Geometry

ELA 

For students identified as Superior Cognitive and/or Gifted in Reading, Independence Middle School offers Enriched Language Arts/Enriched classes.  Class offerings vary by grade level.  These Enrichment Classes are taught by a Gifted Intervention Specialist and allow for targeted curriculum and project-based learning strategies.

Independence High School Gifted Services (9-12)

As a high school student, students identified as gifted/superior cognitive have the opportunity to participate in honors and Advanced Placement courses.  Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses vary between subject, grade, and scheduling considerations.  In essence, not all courses can be offered at all times for multiple factors. Please work with your child's school counselor to understand what courses are available for your child.   
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