• Welcome to Gifted Services




                                               Program Vision


    All children will have the opportunity to develop their full educational, emotional and social potential.


    What does the term "gifted" mean?

    According to the Ohio Department of Education, "gifted" means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment.


    How are gifted students identified?

    1)    Screening

    a)    Students are screened for Superior Cognitive Ability in the winter of grades 2 and 5. Students who receive a score of 128 or higher are identified. Students who receive a score of 125-127 will be further tested.

    b)    Students are screened for Specific Academic Ability in the winter of grades 2 (Math and Reading) and 5 (Math, Reading, and Science). Students with a composite score in the 95th percentile or higher are identified. Students with a composite score in the 93rd or 94th percentiles will be further tested. Students may also be identified with Specific Academic Ability in Reading and/or Math by achieving a score in the 95th percentile on an i-Ready Diagnostic.

    c)    Students are screened for Creative Thinking Ability in grades 2 and 5. 

    2)      Referral - Students may be referred for testing by teachers and parents.


    How are gifted students served?

    • Most of our gifted students are served in the regular classroom through differentiation strategies, supported by the district's Gifted Services.
    • Identified students in grades 3-6 receive small group instruction from a Gifted Intervention Specialist.
    • Students in grades 6-8 who are identified with Superior Cognitive Abilities are grouped together for Reading/ELA. We also offer an accelerated math program for students who meet all criteria*
    • Students in grades 7-8 who are identified with Superior Cognitive Abilities and/or Science are grouped together and instructed by a Gifted Intervention Specialist
    • Identified students in grades 9-12 are offered accelerated, honors, and AP classes, as well as College Credit Plus options.

    The Gifted Lending Library is housed at the Gifted Services Office at Tippecanoe Middle School. Some interesting selections for parents include:


    The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids by Sally Yahnke Walker

    Smart Boys by Barbara A. Kerr and Sanford J. Cohn

    Smart Girls by Barbara A. Kerr

    Bright Minds, Poor Grades by Michael D. Whitley

    Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child by Sylvia B. Rimm

    Excellent Video for Parents of Gifted Children: 
Last Modified on September 21, 2018