The mission of
the Southwest Licking School District is to assure that all students are
prepared to be lifelong learners who possess a sense of self-worth, critical
thinking ability, and necessary life skills enabling them to solve problems,
adapt to change, value beauty, diversity, and cooperation, and be productive
citizens. The mission will be accomplished by a skilled and dedicated staff
providing personalized instruction with family and community support and
participation by students in safe, modern facilities where quality education
and technological materials are the standard.
Philosophy for Gifted Education
Southwest Licking supports the philosophy that giftedness denotes the possession and use of untrained natural abilities (Gagne). Outstanding
abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic
strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. Gifted students’ natural abilities translate to educational needs that require differentiated instructional programming as an integrated part of their regular school day. In addition, the district supports research-based continuing staff development opportunities so that district teaching and administrative personnel may, through their teaching and educational leadership, ensure students learn and achieve at levels commensurate with their exceptional abilities.
State of Ohio Definition of Gifted
The state of Ohio defines a gifted student as one who “performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.