Gifted Services

One third of Pickerington students are identified gifted cognitively or in one or more academic areas. The district provides a continuum of services to gifted students including enriched, accelerated, compressed, and differentiated curriculum and instruction.

Gateway Academy is a comprehensive gifted program that offers formal services in Math and English Language Arts to students in grades 4-6. Gateway students also receive an enriched science and social studies curriculum through differentiated instruction.

Secondary gifted services are provided through cluster scheduling gifted students and acceleration and enrichment strategies.

We recognize that the unique characteristics of gifted children necessitate differentiated programming. Special characteristics may include precocious insightfulness, uniqueness of response, and the ability to integrate several levels of thinking and reasoning. The district provides differentiated learning experiences for those children identified for gifted education services. These experiences may include the provision for quality time spent with peers of similar interest and abilities.

Important Contacts

Todd Stanley
Todd Stanley
Gifted Coordinator
Leanne Ross
Leanne Ross
GIS and Gifted Instructional Coach
Defining GiftedToggle content

The Ohio Department of Education defines “gifted” as a student who performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment (ORC, Sec. 3324.01).

Early Entrance Fact SheetToggle content

Thank you for your interest in early entrance into kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. Please review the Pickerington Local School District Policy JEBA-REG EARLY ENTRANCE for specific details related to the process. The following information is provided as a general overview to help you understand some of the key steps in the process.

  • The early entrance process assesses a child’s readiness for kindergarten and his/her intellectual and developmental progression relative to future success as the youngest student in his/her class in subsequent grades. The comprehensive process evaluates the aptitude, achievement, ability, interpersonal skills, and developmental maturity of the child. Early entrance is considered a grade level acceleration and impacts a student’s entire academic career.
  • To apply for early entrance students must turn 5 years old between August 2, 2017, and January 1, 2018.
  • Early entrance applications must be submitted to the elementary school building of residence by end of business on June 16, 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date.
  • After the early entrance application has been accepted by the building principal, parents/guardians will be directed to contact the Welcome Center to schedule a kindergarten screening. This screening typically takes one hour. The child must pass this screening to continue in the process. The building principal will notify parents/guardians of the results.
  • If the child passes the kindergarten screening, the child will be scheduled for an IQ test. This screening typically takes one to two hours. The child must score a 115 on the IQ test to continue in the process. The building principal will notify parents/guardians of the results.
  • If the child passes both the kindergarten screening and the IQ test, the early entrance testing coordinator will contact parents/guardians to schedule academic assessments and to complete the developmental scale. These assessments typically take one to two hours.
  • After all testing is completed, an early entrance meeting will be set up by either the early entrance testing coordinator or the building principal to discuss the results of the child’s entire evaluation. This meeting will include the parent/guardian, building principal, early entrance coordinator, and a kindergarten teacher. The Iowa Acceleration Scale will be used to evaluate all assessments and information and obtain a recommendation related to whether the student will be accepted for early entrance.

Important Information and Guides & Gifted Education Handbook

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Characteristic of Gifted Learners
Webb, Meckstroth, and Tolan (1994) identified several common characteristics that may appear in gifted children:
Typical Intellectual Characteristics of Gifted Children

  • Unusually large vocabularies for their age
  • Ability to read earlier than most children, often before entering school
  • Greater comprehension for the subtleties of language
  • Longer attention span, persistence and intense concentration
  • Ability to learn basic skills more quickly and with less practice
  • Wide range of interests
  • Interest in experimenting and doing things differently
  • Tendency to put ideas or things together in ways that are unusual and not obvious (divergent thinking)
  • Ability to retain a great deal of information
  • Unusual sense of humor

Bright Students versus Gifted Students
The following comparison by Janice Szabos appeared in Challenge Magazine (1989):

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Giftedness does not discriminate. Gifted children come from all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic classes, and backgrounds. Furthermore, giftedness may also be identified in students with a variety of disabilities. For example, gifted children may also have learning disabilities, autism or ADHD. Care must be taken to ensure that gifted children from special populations are not overlooked in the identification process (Davis & Rimm, 2004)

Talent Showcase

Gifted students throughout the district work on a wide variety of exciting and educational projects throughout the year. We’ve developed a special showcase of some of those projects, available by clicking here.