Gifted & Talented

  • Vision:
    Rigorous, student-centered learning experiences and social-emotional supports delivered by collaborative teams.
    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.

  • Please click the link below to refer your student for gifted identification. 

    Gifted Identification - Testing Referral Form

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  • Acceleration is a special service for exceptional students. Schools utilize this practice when a child's academic needs are too advanced to be met in the regular classroom or other available programs. 

    Acceleration testing includes a cognitive assessment and subject tests two grade levels above the child’s current grade level. This should only be recommended if students are significantly advanced and acceleration is a serious consideration.

    An acceleration review committee will convene to recommend the most appropriate placement for the referred student.

    The parent permission for assessment form must be signed and returned to the Gifted & Talented Department at least 60 days before the start of the term during which potential acceleration might begin.

    Second Semester Acceleration
    Referral Deadline:  November 18, 2022

    First Semester Acceleration for 2023-2024
    Referral Deadline:  March 3, 2023

    Referral link for Subject or Whole-Grade Acceleration

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  • Visual and Performing Arts Gifted Identification Information

    Columbus City Schools follows the State of Ohio mandate for gifted identification in the visual and performing arts in five areas: Visual art, vocal music, instrumental music, dance, drama/theater. 

    Phase One of the fall 2022 gifted identification process involves referring talented students to be screened in the arts by September 30, 2022.  Any referrals received after this deadline will be added to the list for the Winter/Spring 2023 arts gifted screening process. The screening windows are as follows:

    Fall/Winter 2022

    Referral deadline:  September 30, 2022

    Assessment window:  October 15 - December 15

    Please click the link below to refer your student for visual and performing arts assessment. 

    Visual & Performing Arts - Gifted Identification Referral form

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  • Gifted & Talented Division
    3700 S. High St., Suite 143B
    Columbus, OH 43207
    Phone: (614) 365-6626
    Fax: (614) 365-8605

    Dr. Kirsten J. Smith 

    Judy H. Jones 

    Sonya Lovingood

    Kimberly Garrett

    Teachers in the Gifted & Talented Division serve students throughout the district. Click here for the list by school.


    Columbus Gifted Academy
    100 W. 4th Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43201
    Phone: (614)365-6961
    Fax: (614)365-6962

    Amanda Reidenbaugh 

    Maureen Athey

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