Gifted Program

Gifted Program

What Does it Mean to be Gifted?

“Gifted” defines students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified under division (a), (b), (c), or (d) of section 3324.03 of the Revised Code.

In accordance with House Bill 282, gifted and talented identification procedures are in place in Barberton City Schools for kindergarten through grade 12. Students can be identified as gifted in one or more of the following categories using State of Ohio criteria:
  • superior cognitive, 
  • specific academic (reading, math, science, and/or social studies),
  • creative thinking, and visual/performing arts (art, instrumental and vocal music, dance, and drama). 
Barberton students will be academically screened with standardized testing using CogAT (in grade 2) and MAP assessments in grades K-10. The Ohio Department of Education has said OAA and OGT test scores may not be used to identify students. A student may also be individually referred for testing at any time by teacher, parent, or self-request using the form provided from the link on this page. Visual and performing arts referrals are made by the districts’ arts teachers but can also be made by parents or students as well. These VPA assessments take place on a Saturday at on out-of-district location in the Fall and Spring.

Gifted and Talented Programming offered at BCSD

The K-12 gifted program consists of differentiation in the classroom, accelerated and advanced classes, as well as resource room service provided by gifted intervention specialists.
Our current programming includes:
Grades 3-4   Students spend part of their week under the guidance of a gifted intervention specialist through pull-out and push-in settings exploring content through project based learning.
Grades 5-8   Accelerated classes are offered in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies taught by a gifted intervention specialists or regular classroom teacher supported by intervention specialists.
Grades 9-12   There are many options for challenging coursework and extra-curricular activities, for example, Honors Team, Advance Placement courses, and College Credit Plus college courses. 

Gifted & Talented Staff

District Coordinator: 
Gifted Intervention Specialists: 
 Stefanie Hoover
East & West Elementary
Stephanie Rymer 
Middle School
High School 

More Parent Resources

Javits Parent Module-  This free and easy to use resource. Click on the Parent Module and sign up for an account.
National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)- National association supporting the needs of gifted learners.
Ohio Association of Gifted Children (OAGC)- Ohio association supporting the needs of gifted learners.  State-wide conferences for educators and parents.
Hoagies' Gifted Page- Resources, articles, books and links to help support parents, teachers, and gifted children.
Ohio Department of Education- State rules and policies regarding gifted education.
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