GIFTED SERVICES The gifted program at Green Local Schools exists to provide appropriately challenging instruction for students who have been identified as gifted according to district procedures. Currently our district offers gifted services for 1st- 8th graders in reading and math, as well as 9th grade math and 10th grade ELA. Students gifted in superior cognitive or reading are provided with gifted reading services, and students gifted in superior cognitive or math are provided with gifted math services. Using cluster grouping, gifted students are grouped together for daily instruction within the regular language arts and math classes by teachers who have received training in working with gifted students. Grade-level standards are the primary focus, but students may: move at a faster pace; encounter more depth, breadth, or complexity; or receive support to go beyond grade-level work when appropriate. Enrichment may be provided during WIN times as well. The program is intended to challenge the very brightest students who have significant educational needs beyond the typical math and / or reading work. Participation in gifted clusters is automatic for gifted students unless a parent submits written notice declining these services. While the focus of our gifted program services is at the elementary and middle school levels, additional options exist. Gifted services are offered to older students through Honors Geometry, Honors 10th grade ELA, College Credit Plus courses, and the International Baccalaureate program. High school students with gifted identifications are strongly encouraged to participate in these classes in their specific areas of giftedness. When high school students choose not to select Honors, College Credit Plus, or International Baccalaureate options, they are considered to be declining gifted services. Also, students who consistently perform well above their assigned grade levels may be considered for subject or grade acceleration. Early entrance to kindergarten (with a deadline of May 1) and early graduation are options for specific situations. TESTING FOR GIFTED IDENTIFICATION All students in our district are tested in elementary and middle school to determine those who meet the gifted criteria. MAP tests are administered three times each school year to all kindergarten through 8th grade students and some high school students. Gifted identification in reading and / or math is just one of several uses of MAP data at Green Local. In November all 2nd and 5th graders also take a standardized test for giftedness in the areas of superior cognitive and creative thinking. In the spring the district provides additional testing opportunities for eligible individual students who have not yet been identified as gifted, but who have been referred to participate in gifted identification testing. These tests take place during the school day, and referred students must have parental consent on file to participate. Links for referral and parent consent forms are located below. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Ebert at 330-669-3501 or email@example.com .