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Gifted Services

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.
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.

Academic Acceleration and Curriculum Compacting 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. If you are seeking early entrance to Kindergarten or first grade, please contact the elementary school principal. For an early entrance to Kindergarten application, visit our forms page.
 
Some classes at the elementary and middle school levels have been designed to compact more than a year’s worth of content into one year of instruction. This instructional strategy is intended to prepare our capable students for successful subject acceleration at a later date and help them to become well-poised to take full advantage of college credit offerings during their high school years.
Direct Intervention Services, Grades K-2 in Elementary Buildings 
Students identified as gifted in Reading, Math, and/or Superior Cognitive Ability will be in classes together so that teachers can deliver rigorous, specialized curriculum and instruction designed to meet the needs of gifted learners. If there are not enough students identified as gifted in the particular grade level at an elementary building to create a cluster of gifted students in a class, those students will be invited to participate in gifted services at another elementary building for the school year.
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 as early as 4th grade.
Options available for Junior High and Senior High School Gifted Students
Students who are identified as gifted are served through comprehensive curriculum offerings at the Junior and Senior High School levels. Sandusky High School offers a range of Honors, AP courses, Dual enrollment and College Credit Plus (CCP). In addition, many extra-curricular options are available for these students.
The DORN Fellowship Series 
The DORN Fellowship Series was created in an effort to connect college faculty with gifted students. College professors from different disciplines are selected to design and develop curriculum throughout our K-12 gifted services. The generous donation from the DORN Foundation funds instruction and field trips that foster hands-on learning in a project-based format.
Gifted Services Staff
Ms. Megan Barone, Gifted Intervention Specialist  
Ms. Karen Foss, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Amy Kromer, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Renee Neyman, Gifted Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Jami Scott-Honigford, 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
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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