WCS Gifted Policies

General Gifted Polocies

DISTRICT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Our school district prides itself on providing equal opportunity for all of our students.  The Gifted and Talented program is designed to ensure that all students, regardless of culture, race, language, gender, or handicapping conditions have the opportunity to be identified as gifted and receive services when appropriate. 
CRITERIA FOR PLACEMENT IN GIFTED PROGRAMS
Step One: Students may be nominated by either parents or teachers.  Students may nominate themselves or peers through a teacher.  Nomination forms are available in the office of each building during the fall and spring nomination periods. 
Step Two: The Gifted Coordinator will administer a standardized intelligence test to those students who have been nominated.
Step Three: Assessments will be analyzed for all students on the screening list.
Students are eligible for the gifted program if they meet the performance criteria.
APPEAL PROCEDURE
Parents or students may request a review of the assessments used for identification of gifted students, the scheduling of assessments, the placement of students in activities or programs, or the services granted for gifted students. This request must be submitted in writing to the student’s building principal. Upon receiving the request, the principal will convene a meeting that will include the parents and appropriate staff members, as well as the student, when appropriate. 
 
TERMINATION OF GIFTED SERVICES
At any point a student and/or parents /guardians may request that their child no longer participate in Gifted activities. This request must be made by completing a Gifted Services Termination Form.  This form is available from building principals or the coordinator of gifted services. The principal or coordinator of gifted services may convene a meeting that will include parents, appropriate staff members, and the student, when appropriate.  If a child requests to withdraw, parents will be notified.

Specific Programming Policies

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Academic acceleration may involve whole-grade acceleration or individual subject acceleration. Academic acceleration occurs when a student is not only doing the caliber of work necessary to be promoted to the next grade or enrolled in the next course in the academic sequence, but also demonstrates the ability to do the caliber of work required of students in that next grade level/subject/course.
The Credit Flexibility plan acknowledges that Ohio’s competiveness in the 21st century’s global economy requires that opportunities for innovation be enhanced, that our systems of learning become more flexible and more adaptive to the environments that surround them, and that our capacity and will to support student learning be expanded.
It is WCS Board of Education Policy that students that are 5 years old on or before August 1, are eligible for Kindergarten. If a parent wishes to enroll a child that will not be 5 years old on or before August 1, the attached policy and assessment request form should be consulted
The Board of Education acknowledges that some students seek to pursue educational goals that include graduation from high school at an earlier date than their designated class. A student who completes the requirements for early high school graduation may participate in the graduation ceremonies with his/her designated class or the class graduating in the year in which s/he completes the District's requirements for high school graduation. Please consult the Early Graduation Documents for a complete description of procedures.

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Academic acceleration may involve whole-grade acceleration or individual subject acceleration. Academic acceleration occurs when a student is not only doing the caliber of work necessary to be promoted to the next grade or enrolled in the next course in the academic sequence, but also demonstrates the ability to do the caliber of work required of students in that next grade level/subject/course.
The Credit Flexibility plan acknowledges that Ohio’s competiveness in the 21st century’s global economy requires that opportunities for innovation be enhanced, that our systems of learning become more flexible and more adaptive to the environments that surround them, and that our capacity and will to support student learning be expanded.
It is WCS Board of Education Policy that students that are 5 years old on or before August 1, are eligible for Kindergarten. If a parent wishes to enroll a child that will not be 5 years old on or before August 1, the attached policy and assessment request form should be consulted
The Board of Education acknowledges that some students seek to pursue educational goals that include graduation from high school at an earlier date than their designated class. A student who completes the requirements for early high school graduation may participate in the graduation ceremonies with his/her designated class or the class graduating in the year in which s/he completes the District's requirements for high school graduation. Please consult the Early Graduation Documents for a complete description of procedures.
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