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Gifted Services

The district ensures equal opportunity for all district students identified as gifted to receive gifted services offered by the district when available.  Selection of students will be based upon the criteria for gifted identification as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education’s Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students.

Louisville City Schools currently has one Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) and a Coordinator of Gifted Services, who supplies classroom teachers with resources, lessons, and enrichment programs.

                      Mrs. Janelle Lehman - GIS at Louisville Elementary
                      Mrs. Monica Shadle - Coordinator of Gifted Services

To qualify for gifted services in the Louisville City School District, a student must be identified as gifted in the superior cognitive area on a nationally normed standardized ability/ cognitive test and/or have a percentile (NP) total of 95% or higher on the standardized achievement test in the area of Reading, Math, Social Studies and/or Science.  Students receiving services will not need to be re-identified to continue obtaining services aligned in the subject area(s) in which they have met the identification criteria.

Students who meet the above criteria in grades 3, 4 and 5 will participate in a daily enriched reading and language arts class taught by a Gifted Intervention Specialist.  Students in grades 6 – 8 will be cluster grouped and serviced along with the opportunity to take Algebra I in grade 8.  At the high school level, students may receive services through participation in Advanced Placement® ​ and College Credit Plus courses that are aligned with the area(s) the student is identified in.  
If at any time, a student wishes to withdraw from gifted services, the request should be written by the parent or child to the building administrator and gifted coordinator.  If the student requests to withdraw,  parents will be notified.
All school districts in Ohio reporting services to gifted students must have on file a copy of a Written Education Plan (WEP) for each student served.  The WEPs contain annual goals for the students which are statements that describe the knowledge, skills, and /or behaviors a student is expected to be able to demonstrate during the time period for which the WEP is in effect.  Goals will be met through differentiation by acceleration, complexity, depth of understanding, challenge, abstractness, and /or cognitive creativity.  Service may be provided through differentiation in a class taught by a Gifted Intervention Specialist or a regular education class, accelerated placement, arts classroom, Advanced Placement®, ​ and College Credit Plus.  WEPs will be reviewed and updated annually.