How are students identified as gifted?
Springboro Community City Schools follow Ohio Department of Education guidelines in identifying students as gifted. The district provides annual screening in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Students who meet the Ohio standard on any of these screening tests will be identified as gifted. Students who do not meet the Ohio standard but do meet the district re-test standard will be provided with a second opportunity to identify. In addition, students may be referred for testing by a parent, teacher, themself, etc. for gifted testing. The next individual testing window is October, 2017 with another in April/May, 2018.
What is the program curriculum?
Springboro's gifted program guided by the Gifted Program Standards from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and we continue to refine our program to fit our students’ needs. Click here to see the NAGC standards.
How are gifted students formally served in Springboro Schools?
In first and second grade, identified gifted students are cluster grouped for indirect service and receive differentiated instruction in math and/or reading from their classroom teacher with the support of a gifted intervention specialist. In third through fifth grade, students who are identified as superior cognitive and students who score at or above the 97th percentile in math and/or reading receive direct service in gifted elementary classes. Direct service is provided in math and reading by gifted intervention specialists (GIS teachers) who are either the classroom teacher or a co-teacher. For students who meet the qualifying cognitive and math scores, we offer a math acceleration in fourth grade which compacts 4th and 5th grade curriculum into one year. This acceleration is served directly in year one and indirectly in year two. All other subjects are taught by the classroom teacher. Students who score at the 95-96th percentile in math and/or reading are cluster grouped for indirect service and receive differentiated instruction from their classroom teacher with the support of a gifted intervention specialist.
In sixth through eighth grade, identified gifted students are cluster grouped for indirect service in enriched math and/or reading and receive differentiated instruction from their classroom teacher with the support of a gifted intervention specialist.
In ninth through twelfth grade, identified gifted students are served in Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and College Credit Plus (CCP) courses in English, math, science and social studies. Classroom teachers provide differentiation as appropriate for the course content with the support of a gifted intervention specialist. In addition, gifted students can participate in credit flex options for service.
Through all these service settings we offer project-based learning to help meet individual student interests and needs, and we consistently apply critical, creative and higher-level thinking and problem solving strategies in these classrooms.
Subject and grade acceleration, early entrance and early graduation are opportunities that also are available to all students.
Is my child given a grade for gifted?
Students are not given grades on a report card from the gifted program. However, the parents/guardians receive a Written Education Plan (WEP) with goals for their student. Students are evaluated throughout the year, and parents receive Progress Reports which reflect WEP goals twice a year. Students also may be given rubrics for specific projects and products.
What are the procedures for acceleration and early entrance?
District policies for early entrance and grade acceleration are outlined in the Springboro Board Policy Manual (Section 5408). Springboro uses the IOWA Acceleration Scale in evaluating students for early entrance to kindergarten and whole grade acceleration.