While the State of Ohio requires gifted identification, it does not mandate comprehensive services for children identified as gifted. Each district must define which identified gifted children will receive services available in their district. Due to the wide range of ability and differing developmental needs of gifted students, no single service option can provide an optimal educational experience for all identified students. Therefore, a continuum of services is recommended. It is important to match the appropriate educational opportunity to the need of identified students.
Continuum of Services K-12
The Big Walnut Local School District employs three full-time gifted intervention specialists (GIS) who provide resource room pull-out and/or inclusion services at all elementary buildings. The GIS and gifted coordinator provide collaborative support to classroom teachers in order to create and implement differentiated instructional opportunities in the regular classroom.
The term "inclusion" means that the GIS will work with the teacher in the child's regular classroom for both math and reading. Students will be exposed to a number of differentiation activities to meet individual needs such as curriculum compacting, flexible grouping, product choices, tiered assignments, and multilevel learning stations.
Services in the Big Walnut Local Schools are provided in accordance with OAC 3301-51-15, which includes a guideline for the GIS to serve a maximum of 60 identified gifted children or 20 full-time equivalent gifted children if in a self-contained setting. This is to ensure that students are receiving quality instruction.
Links for Students:
Intermediate and Middle School Services
Advanced classes in language arts and in math are offered in grades five, six, seven, and eight. Students who have been identified as cognitively gifted students and students with specific subject identification in language arts and in math are eligible for the classes.
Links for students:
High School Opportunities for Challenge
· Independent Study
· Honors Classes
· Advanced Placement Classes
· Post-Secondary Options
· Dual Enrollment Options
Some students may qualify for early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, subject or whole grade acceleration, and early graduation from high school in accordance with the Big Walnut Local Schools acceleration policy. Parents should contact their child’s building principal or the gifted coordinator for more information on student acceleration.
Need additional information or have questions? Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your child and the Big Walnut Gifted Services program. We welcome your inquiries!
Big Walnut Local Schools Gifted Coordinator