Gifted Education

Licking County Schools Philosophy for Gifted Education

We believe all children should be provided a variety of educational opportunities designed to foster maximum development and personal actualization. In order to realize their contributions to self and society, Gifted and Talented students, by virtue of their outstanding abilities and being capable of high performance, require differentiated educational services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program. We support the development and implementation of services, which will assist gifted and talented students to reach their full cognitive and creative potential. Services for the Gifted and Talented students should be an integral part of the total educational program and not an optional provision.

Motivating and challenging Gifted and Talented students enhances both the student and society. Research suggests these students often learn by intuitive leaps and unique perceptions; therefore, their educational provisions must also be unique to allow interaction with their intellectual peers in specialized risk-free environments separate from the regular classroom. These youth are individually and intellectually different. Local conditions vary. One cannot say there is one best single pattern for organizing educational for the Gifted and Talented; however, these students need to be provided opportunity for interaction with their intellectual peers

Local school districts in Licking County will be given support to design services which are based upon the nature of giftedness, comply with Ohio’s House Bill 282, the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 3324-01-07), and with the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC 3301-51-15), and are compatible with local school district philosophies and student needs.

Southwest Licking Local Schools Philosophy for Gifted Education

Children are a valuable resource. The individual and society receive maximized benefits when attributes are enhanced and developed. Gifted children and youth are a unique group, who, due to high intellectual ability, need and profit from an educational program that provides curriculum beyond that available in the normal classroom. Students benefit from a curriculum that extends their learning in depth, breadth, and complexity at an accelerated pace. 

Southwest Licking Local Schools recognize the responsibility to provide an educational environment in which each individual can develop character, leadership, service, and scholarship according to his/her abilities and needs.

To accomplish these goals, Southwest Licking Local Schools offer many differentiated programs. The district is committed to providing organized, diverse programs for students to offer educational experiences commensurate with the gifted students' learning abilities.

For more information about gifted education in Southwest Licking Local Schools, please contact Georgia Banks, Gifted Coordinator, at 740-349-6083.

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