KCS Gifted Program

For information about State criteria for gifted identification and the process used by the Kent City Schools, visit “What is Gifted” and, specifically, the Identification and Service Criteria page.

Following service criteria set forth by the State, Kent City Schools provides formal/ reported services to students in grades 4-8 who are identified as gifted in one or more areas, according to criteria set by Ohio law.
– In grades 4 and 5, students having Superior Cognitive Ability, Specific Academic Ability in Reading, Specific Academic Ability in Math, and/ or Creative Thinking Ability are served within the regular classes through collaboration between the classroom teacher and the gifted intervention specialist (GIS). They collaborate to differentiate instruction and assessment within the framework of the of the content classes. Students with superior cognitive ability meet regularly with the GIS, and specific enrichment opportunities are often available for students with other advanced learning needs.

– In grades 6-8, students having Superior Cognitive Ability and/or Specific Academic Ability in Reading are served in the language arts class by a teacher who is receiving High Quality training in the nature and needs and instruction of gifted students. Students with superior cognitive ability meet during TIE with a GIS, and advanced math courses are available for all eligible students.

Ongoing review will explore ways to expand services into other grades and/ or areas for the future.  Reported “services” must meet certain criteria established by state law and the Kent City Schools is proud to offer many opportunities for gifted and advanced students that may not qualify under the state definition of “service”.

Information about Acceleration is available through the school building offices.

The PROGRAM REVIEW in 2014-15:
Following a study throughout the last school year, a Gifted Advisory Committee recommended a number of adjustments to gifted programming in the Kent City Schools for the 2015-16 school year.  These were presented to the Board of Education on March 17, 2015. The presentation slides and handouts can be found below.


– Expansion of formal gifted services to all students in grades 4-8 who are identified as gifted in superior cognitive or reading ability
– Services in grades 4 and 5 will be provided daily in the English language arts class with the gifted intervention specialist co-teaching with the classroom teacher
– Services in grades 6-8 will be provided daily in the English language arts class by a classroom teacher who is a gifted intervention specialist or trained/ qualified teacher.
– A Gifted Advisory Committee will monitor the effectiveness of the program adjustments and will make recommendations for future opportunities for expansion and improvement.

KCSD Gifted Final Pres. to Board 3.17.15

Program Changes for 2015-16

Key Areas and Recommendations

Parent/ Community update (during review process) 1.21.15