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Gifted Education in West Clermont

Gifted Identification and Services

At West Clermont, we strive to meet each student’s instructional needs through a wide variety of academic strategies and programs. Gifted students, as defined by the Ohio Department of Education, perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment. Ohio law requires that school districts test and identify students for giftedness. West Clermont provides multiple opportunities for such testing throughout a student’s academic career.

In classrooms across grade levels and content areas, we work to meet the needs of gifted students in many ways, including:

  • Cluster grouping (elementary)

  • Skills groups (elementary)

  • Enrichment classes (grade 3)

  • Gifted service (grades 4 & 5)

  • Encore classes (middle school)

  • Advanced classes (middle & high school)

  • Honors classes (high school)

  • Credit Flexibility (high school)

Gifted service is offered to 4th and 5th grade gifted students in a weekly pull-out program located at The Gifted Learning Center on the West Clermont High School campus. Students are eligible for service if they have been identified as gifted in at least one of the following three areas on an Ohio Department of Education approved testing instrument:

  • Superior Cognitive

  • Subject-area/Reading

  • Subject-area/Math

Enrichment classes in grade 3 and gifted services in grades 4 and 5 are taught by licensed Gifted Intervention Specialists. These teachers have been trained to develop critical and creative thinking as they challenge gifted students and support their growth.

The Ohio Department of Education requires all public school districts to offer two opportunities each year for gifted identification. When whole-grade testing is scheduled in a certain grade level it can help to meet this requirement. If whole-grade testing is not available in a particular area or grade level, a student may be referred for a gifted assessment. Gifted referral testing is completed annually in the fall and spring. A gifted referral testing form must be submitted in order for a student to be scheduled for referral testing.

Gifted Referral Testing Form

Though Ohio law requires testing for identification, service is not required. A letter to parents of gifted students can be found here:

Gifted Service Letter

Acceleration

As required by the Ohio Department of Education, West Clermont has developed a Board-adopted acceleration process. The process of acceleration is used to match an appropriate learning challenge with a student’s abilities when such challenges are not available at the student’s current grade level.

  • Whole-grade acceleration: the practice of assigning a student on a full-time basis to a higher grade level than is typical given the student’s age for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities

  • Individual subject acceleration: the practice of assigning a student to a higher grade level than is typical given the student’s age for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in one or more subject areas

  • Early admission to kindergarten: the practice of admitting a student to kindergarten who has not yet reached the typical age at which students are admitted to kindergarten for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities

Referrals for acceleration must be received between March 1 and April 15 of the year preceding requested placement. Whole-grade and individual subject acceleration decisions are made by an acceleration team which includes the parent. The Iowa Acceleration Scale is used to predict a student’s success with an accelerated placement.

West Clermont Acceleration Process
Acceleration Process Referral Form

For more information about gifted identification and acceleration,
email Curriculum Specialist Tanny McGregor at
mcgregor_t@westcler.org