Gifted Services
Gifted Services Mission:
Meeting the specialized needs of gifted students through a rigorous learning environment continuously promoting life-long learning.

Goals:
1. Increase the identification and services of under-represented populations of gifted students.
2. Gifted students show adequate yearly growth in learning.
3. Grow students' academic potential to their fullest.
4. Foster collaborative relationships between students, families, staff, and our community.
5. Explore services and options to further students' ability to succeed in a global era.
Direct Intervention Services, Grades 3-6 at the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies (RCAAS)
The Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies has been developed to provide a world class education to identified gifted students through innovative curriculum and instruction designed to meet the individual needs of each student.  We also offer students the opportunity to participate in our district strings program.
 
The DORN Fellowship Series was created in an effort to connect college faculty with elementary students. College professors from different disciplines are selected to design and develop curriculum at RCAAS. The generous donation from the DORN Foundation funds instruction and field trips that foster hands-on learning in a project-based format.
 
For the 2014-2015 school year, the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies will be expanding their integrated instruction to include Grade 3.  We will be servicing 7th graders at the Sandusky Middle School using a compacted curriculum in gifted identification areas.  Seventh grade gifted services will also include Latin.
 
Entrance Criteria
Children must be identified as gifted, according to Ohio's State Standards, in Superior Cognitive and/or Reading and/or Math. Per Ohio Law, incoming test scored must be less than 24 months old at time of application.  Opportunities for possible identification will be provided throughout the year for services the following year.
 
Gifted Services Staff
Ms. Karen Foss, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Ms. Amy Bauman, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Renee Neyman, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Jami Scott-Honingford, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Mr. Conor Whelan, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Ginny Grathwol, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Tara Toft, Coordinator of Advanced Academic Studies and Learning Supports
 
Enrichment Opportunities
For students identified in selected areas, Sandusky City Schools participates in enrichment opportunities hosted by various organizations and institutions.

Options available for Junior High and Senior High School Gifted Students

Students with superior ability are served through comprehensive curriculum offerings at the Junior and Senior High levels. Honors classes in each of the academic disciplines are provided for students in Grade 7-12. Students in Grade 8 may take Algebra I. Sandusky High School offers a range of AP courses, Dual enrollment and PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options). In addition, many extra-curricular options are available for these students.

Academic Acceleration Opportunities 

All students learn and progress at different rates and the time it takes to reach academic standards varies among students. Academic acceleration adjusts the pace of instruction to the student’s capabilities, provides an appropriate level of challenge by removing the barriers to accessing appropriately challenging curriculum and reduces the time period necessary for students to complete traditional schooling. Early entrance to kindergarten and or first grade, subject and or whole grade acceleration, and early graduation are options available to students of Sandusky City Schools.

Please contact your child's building principal or Tara Toft (419-984-1340) to begin the conversation about whether this opportunity can benefit your student.
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