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Identify and nurture gifted scholars through a continuum of services delivered in appropriate and challenging learning environments with rigor and individualization to foster creativity, leadership, and social-emotional well-being.
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Spring Parent Newsletter Available
The spring edition of the Gifted & Talented parent newsletter is available online now! This month, check out articles about being a scholar and teaching self-advocacy plus a review of a parenting book. Click here to view the newsletter online and visit our Parent Resource page for links to past newsletters and other resources. 
Great Debate - Spring version!
The Gifted and Talented Office, in partnership with Capital University and the English Speakers Union, held its Spring Middle School Debate Tournament on April 13 at Capital University. Twenty teams from ten schools debated the following: "Resolved: The United States Federal Government should strengthen requirements for vaccinations and immunizations." After engaging in three rounds of debate, judged by staff and students from Capital University and Columbus City Schools, students enjoyed a lunch compliments of Capital Unviersity before receiving awards for the day.

Top finishers included:

Division 1 (Grades 5-6)

  • 1st place - Ecole Kenwood
  • 2nd place - Dominion
  • 3rd place - Duxberry Park

Division 2 (Grades 7-8)

  • 1st place - Dominion Team X
  • 2nd place - Columbus Gifted Academy
  • 3rd place - Dominion Team O

Other participants in this close contest included Devonshire, Gables, Champion, Columbus City Prep for Girls, Buckeye, and Ridgeview.

Read more for more photos.

Early Entrance Application
The Gifted & Talented office is now accepting applications for early entrance to Kindergarten and First grade. Parents of children who will not meet the age cutoff may submit an application for early entrance to Kindergarten if their child will be 5 between October 1 and December 31 or for First grade if their child will be 6 between October 1 and December 31 and has not previously completed a Kindergarten program. Applciations are accepted for children who have a birthday January 1 or later when accompanied by a referral from a pediatrician, psychologist, or licensed district educator. See below for the application and frequently asked questions. Applications should be submitted to the Gifted and Talented office by May 12.

Early Entrance Application
Early Entrance FAQs
Jack Kent Cook Young Scholars and CTD Summer Programming

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is currently accepting applicaitns for their Young Scholars Program. Current 7th grade students who are gifted may apply now through April 1. From eighth grade through senior high of school, Young Scholars receive the following support from the Cooke Foundation:

  • a personal academic and college counselor
  • funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year
  • internship and study abroad opportunities
  • educational resources including books and technology

The Young Scholars Program is a national scholarship with students representing every region and attending school in rural, urban and suburban communities. For more ifnromatin about the program and to apply, visit http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/young-scholars/.

Additionally, through the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation, Northwestern has scholarship opportunities available for students to pursue online summer courses in the Gifted LearningLinks program. For more information about the program, including eligibility guidelines, visit http://ctd.northwestern.edu. When applying for a CTD online course, enter the code OHJKC1617 in the “group code” field on the payment screen. This will allow you to submit your application without making a payment so that your application can be evaluated. To be eligible for this scholarship, applications must be completed by June 1. However, scholarship funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible students. Apply early for the best opportunity. Contact gll@northwestern.edu if you have questions about this unique program.

Columbus Student Inventors Convene for District Competition

The Columbus City Schools Invention Convention took place on Wednesday, March 22nd, at The Columbus College of Art and Design. Over 80 students representing more than 12 schools competed in this exciting competition. Columbus City Schools partners with the community throughout the program. Several representatives from local businesses and organizations volunteer their time to judge the student inventions at both the school and district level. The top students in the district will be selected to compete at the Ohio Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Competition to be held July 30th at the Ohio State Fair.  Be sure to check out Channel 10's "What's Cool in School" feature on this event.

District winners were:

  • 1st – Lucia DiPaolo – “Tip Top Bandage” – CGA 6th grade
  • 2nd- Olivia Smith – “Dog-Gone” – CGA 6th grade
  • 3rd – Serenity Edwards – “The Ice cream to go cup” – Duxberry Park 5th grade

For more information about Invention Convention and additional photos, click "Read More" below.
Summer Opportunities Available Now!
The summer opportunities lists have been updated for 2017. Check out the lists of summer day camps, residential camps, and workshops for students in Central Ohio and beyond. Download current lists on the Summer Opportunities page of our website. The page also lists information about financial aid resources for program tuition. To learn about some of the program and scholarship opportunities first hand, be sure to attend the January 26th PACE meeting at Berwick K-8 at 6:30. 
Gifted Service Letters Mailed Home

The Gifted & Talented Division of Columbus City Schools has recently sent eligibility letters and service selection forms to students in grades 2 through 7 identified as gifted and eligible for one of the district’s formal Category B or Category C gifted services. The deadline for families to return their Gifted Service Selection Form to the Gifted & Talented office is March 31. You may return your form in person, or via mail, fax, or email.

  • Mail or Drop Off: Gifted & Talented Division, 1990 Jefferson Ave., Columbus 43211
  • Fax: 614-365-8605
  • Email: jrammel@columbus.k12.oh.us
For more information about gifted identification and services offered in Columbus City Schools, visit our website.  Additionally, we will hold parent information sessions as follows:
  • Wednesday, March 15: Linmoor Annex, 1990 Jefferson Ave., 43211, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 15: East High School Cafeteria, 6pm-7pm
  • Thursday, March 16: Northland High School Auditorium, 6pm-7pm
Columbus Gifted Academy is on the Move
The Columbus Gifted Academy will have a new home for the 2017-2018 school year! The program, currently located on Beck St. near German Village will be relocating to the Everett building (former Fifth Avenue International School) in the Short North. This building will provide more space to accommodate the growing demand for this program for students in grades 3 through 8. Parents of current CGA scholars can have their questions answered at the next PTO meeting. Information about CGA and other gifted services in the district will be sent to eligible students at the end of February and families can hear more at a series of parent meetings to be held March 15 at 6pm at East HS, March 15 at 11:30am at Linmoor Annex, and March 16 at 6pm at Northland HS. 
We are on Twitter!
Check out our Twitter feed at @CCS_Gifted! We will add announcements and links to articles and other info throughout the year. 
Teacher Chat
The Teacher Division of the OAGC is sponsoring a tweetchat that will take place twice a month on Sundays at 9pm. The goal is to get teachers connected with each other. You can check out the website at http://oagctdchat.weebly.com/ with lots of information about the chat and some valuable resources. You can also join in the chat on twitter by following the hashtag: #oagctdchat. The first chat will be Sunday Nov. 9th at 9pm EST. The topic will be acceleration. The questions for the chat are listed on the website.  
Contact Information

Gifted and Talented Department 
1990 Jefferson Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
(614)365-6626 (phone)
(614)365-8605 (fax)  

Columbus Gifted Academy
387 E. Beck St.
Columbus, OH 43206
(614)365-6961 (phone)
(614)365-6962 (fax)
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