The Hilliard City School District provides specific services during the school day for students who are identified as gifted. Services are delivered in accordance with Ohio Revised Code, Ohio Administrative Code, and Hilliard School District policies. Gifted Services staff members also consult with curriculum staff and teachers about classroom differentiation for gifted students.
Services provided to gifted students are designed to extend the depth, pace, and breadth of the district’s curriculum. Within these services, students are encouraged to more deeply explore themes within specific disciplines or subject areas, as well as themes that cut across disciplinary boundaries. In addition, students apply their advanced reasoning and problem-solving skills and explore topics that reflect the unique social and emotional characteristics of gifted students.
A Written Education Plan (WEP) guides services provided to gifted students and is developed in collaboration with an educator who holds licensure or endorsement in gifted education. It includes information about the services provided, annual goals, progress monitoring, staff members responsible for ensuring that specified gifted services are delivered, and the date of WEP review. Parents receive a copy of the WEP.
Parents who desire to withdraw their child from gifted services should contact their child’s building administrator.
Grades Two through Five
Students identified as gifted in superior cognitive ability, reading, and/or math are provided gifted services in their regular classroom through cluster grouping, where a small group of students who are gifted is deliberately placed together in a classroom. The general education teacher is designated as the provider of gifted services and receives specialized training in gifted education. A gifted intervention specialist works closely with the general education teacher to design and deliver appropriately challenging learning activities.
The Arrow Program
The Arrow Program is a full-time program open to fourth and fifth-grade students who are gifted in 1) superior cognitive ability and 2) math and/or reading. Arrow Program students will participate in the fourth and fifth-grade curriculum through flexibly grouped, team-based instruction with an emphasis on design thinking and project-based learning. The Arrow Program is housed at Tharp Sixth Grade School, and Arrow students attend Tharp on the sixth-grade schedule.
Arrow Program Timeline:
Ongoing – Testing by referral for gifted identification
January – Families will receive an invitation to the Arrow Parent Information Night via US Mail
January 31 – Deadline for families of current Arrow fourth grade students to notify Gifted Services of their decision whether or not to return to the Arrow Program
Early February – Arrow Parent Information Night at Tharp Sixth Grade School
Early March – Students must be identified as gifted in all qualifying areas to participate in the Arrow Program
Early March – Deadline for families of qualifying students to notify Gifted Services of their decision whether or not to participate in the Arrow Program
Students identified as gifted in superior cognitive ability and/or reading will be cluster grouped in Language Arts classes.
Gifted services in Honors Math 6 or Accelerated Math 7 will be provided to students identified as gifted in math or superior cognitive ability.
Grades Seven and Eight
The courses listed below are considered gifted services for students who have gifted identification in superior cognitive ability or the corresponding academic/arts area.
Honors Language Arts 7
Honors Language Arts 8
Honors Science 7
Honors Science 8
Honors Social Studies 7
Honors Social Studies 8
Accelerated Math 7
Algebra 1 (gifted service for grade 7 only)
Concert Orchestra (gifted service for grade 7 only)
Advanced Concert Orchestra
Symphonic Band (gifted service for grade 7 only)
Advanced Symphonic Band
Advanced Choir 8
Advanced Art 2D
Advanced Art 3D
Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus
Advanced Placement (AP) and College Credit Plus (CCP) courses are considered gifted services for students who have gifted identification in superior cognitive ability or the corresponding academic area.
Computer Science A
Computer Science Principles
Computer Science A
Computer Science Principles
English Literature & Composition
U.S. Government & Politics
Superior Cognitive Ability only
Visual and Performing Arts Courses
The courses listed below are considered gifted services for students who have gifted identification in superior cognitive ability or the corresponding arts area.
Honors Chamber Orchestra
Honors Wind Ensemble
Honors Choir 400
Rock Band II
AP Studio Art Portfolio
Production and Performance