Gifted Education

Identification of Gifted Students / Service / Resources

 

Galion believes in helping the gifted student succeed; so, whether you are a parent or student, identified as gifted or potentially gifted, we invite you to explore the resources and information found here.

If there are any questions concerning gifted students or services, please feel free to contact Leanna Ferreira via email (ferreira.leanna@moesc.net) or by phone ((419) 774-5520 ext. 2481).

“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.” Chuck Grassley

 

Identification of Gifted Students

 

In an effort to identify students for service Galion tests all 2nd graders in reading and math during the first semester of the school year. Then, in the second semester of a student’s 5th grade year, all students are given a cognitive assessment. The students who score in the top third of their class, along with any teacher, parent or student referrals, are then given a reading, math, science and social studies assessment to help determine placement into the advanced courses offered at the Middle School.

Galion also provides opportunities for students to be identified in visual and performing arts. Each year teachers are watching for students with exceptionalities and they are given an opportunity to either produce a portfolio of their exceptional work or to perform for an assessor trained to identify gifted exceptionalities.

Furthermore, twice a year (late fall and spring) Galion actively seeks referrals from all classroom teachers to identify students who show exceptional potential in the classroom. In addition, a parent, student or peer can contact the gifted educational consultant (ferreira.leanna@moesc.net) to refer a student for testing in a specific academic area (math, science, social studies, reading), superior cognition or a visual or performing arts area to determine if they might be gifted. You may also need to download and sign the permission to test form.

For the most up to date information, you can review our District Service Plan and Parent Brochure.

 

Service

 

Each year the administration and gifted educational consultant work together to identify if there should be any changes in where service will be provided based on data and a needs assessment. Currently Galion works with the regular classroom teachers to provide service utilizing a cluster grouping model in grades 3-5 as well as offering advanced courses in grades 6-8 at the Middle School. At the high school advanced courses and college level courses are offered. Those students who are being served will be notified by the end of the first grading period. Each students who is served will have a Written Education Plan (WEP) outlining their service.

Another way that Galion works to serve students is to explore Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade for those exceptional students. If you feel that Early Entrance might be the best option for your students, please download the Early Entrance Brochure and application before returning this to the Primary School in the spring before they would attend Kindergarten or First Grade. In addition, a few exceptional students also explore options for subject or whole grade acceleration. If you wish to explore this option, please download and complete the acceleration application before turning it into any of the Galion Building offices or emailing a copy to the Gifted Educational Consultant.

Finally, some students may choose to take advantage of additional opportunities such as participating on an academic challenge team or other after school clubs. Please reference our District Service Plan and parent brochure for the most up to date information.

 

Resources for those Identified Gifted 

 

There are many resources available for parents, students and teachers related to the needs of students identified as gifted. A compiled list of these resources, including scholarship opportunities, summer camps and social/emotional needs, can be accessed through Mid-Ohio ESC’s webpage. You can click this link to go to that webpage. 

 

Galion City Schools Policy

Parent Brochure

Permission to Test

Early Entrance to Kindergarten Brochure

Early Entrance to Kindergarten Application

Single Subject Acceleration

 

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