Gifted Education

On Saturday, February 21, Northern Kentucky University will be hosting "Living Gifted," a free workshop focusing on the social and emotional needs of gifted learners. The event, scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., will feature activities for every member of the family, including a presentation by Dr. Tracy L. Cross, a world-renowned expert in the field of giftedness. Dr. Cross, the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William & Mary and author of eight books on gifted studies,  will spend the day engaging parents, guardians, and professionals about the unique needs and distinct challenges of gifted children and adolescents. At the same time, counselors-in-training from NKU’s clinical mental health and school counseling programs will be conducting a series of youth groups aimed at enhancing emotional expressiveness, social interaction, and coping skills. The groups will be designed for various grade levels (e.g., elementary, middle, and high school) and academic classifications (i.e., different sessions will be offered for gifted and non-gifted youth). To register/receive additional information, please contact

Our Mission               

To create a student-centered, rigorous academic environment specifically designed to meet the intellectual, creative, social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, within their unique culture, while helping to produce self-directed life-long learners who will become productive citizens.

Our goal is to provide a program where students:

  • Are challenged, take risks, problem-solve and learn at their individual levels while being with other students who are like them.
  • Develop critical and creative thinking skills, improve their organizational skills and grow in personal responsibility and self-confidence as learners.
  • Develop a desire for excellence, a sense of individual worth and a responsibility to self and to society.
  • Work in groups, using higher level thinking skills, and are willing to share ideas and listen to and incorporate others’ ideas into the group’s solution.
  • Formulate a goal, either personal or academic, and develop an action plan to achieve it.



Frequently asked questions

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 third, fourth and fifth grade, students who score at or above the 97th percentile in math and/or reading are served in gifted elementary classes. Gifted intervention specialists (GIS teachers) co-teach math and reading with the regular education teachers.  In addition, we offer project-based learning to help meet individual student interests and needs.   We consistently apply critical, creative and higher-level thinking and problem solving strategies in these classrooms.  All other subjects are taught by the regular education teacher.  Students who are identified as superior-cognitive are served through the math area.  Elementary students are served 225 minutes each week. 

In sixth through eighth grade, students may attend enrichment and/or honors classes.

In ninth through twelfth grade, our high school offers honors, Advanced Placement, dual enrollment and flex credit options.

Acceleration, early entrance and early graduation are opportunities that also are available to all students.

All programs are evaluated annually with GIS classes evaluated on a monthly basis.


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 each quarter, and a Progress Report reflects WEP goals at the end of the second, third and fourth quarters.  Students also may be given rubrics for specific projects and products.


What are the procedures for acceleration and early entrance?

Our acceleration and early entrance procedures changed in 2013 due to Ohio Department of Education requirements.  Districts must use the IOWA Acceleration Scale in evaluating students for early entrance to kindergarten and whole grade acceleration.  Please refer to the links on the right for more information. 

To sign up for our gifted email blast, please fill out the form below. 


Links, Information & Forms

Gifted Parent Meeting Presentation

Gifted Services Team:

District Gifted Coordinators:

Gifted Intervention Specialists: 

Resources for Teachers


Teacher Resources

Resources for Parents


Information and forms for early entrance, acceleration and individual assessment requests are being updated. Please call Tammy Stritenberger, Director of Curriculum, at 937-748-3960 with any specific questions.