Gifted & Talented

  • Click HERE to watch a video about very special people in a very special place, right here in Columbus City Schools!



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  • Funding Opportunities for Summer Learning!

    Please click here for a list of summer opportunities for students in grades K-12.  Inclusion on this list does not constitute or imply endorsement by Columbus City Schools of any camp or program.  Please research summer opportunities that you might be considering to determine if they would be enriching experiences for the student. 

    Scholarship Sources to Help Fund Enrichment Experiences:
    • Support for Talented Students - This organization helps distribute money donated by community organizations and private individuals with the sole purpose of helping gifted learners access summer programs to help develop their talents and interests. A large portion of the organization's money is earmarked for students in Columbus City Schools.  Awards are based on financial need. Applications are available on the website until April 15, 2024.  
    • Ohio Association for Gifted Children - OAGC offers college scholarships and partial funding for identified gifted students to attend enrichment programs. College scholarship applications are due mid-April, and enrichment program scholarship applications are typically due in the fall.  
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    Gifted Testing Referral Links


    • The online link for referral for Early Entrance to Kindergarten (or First Grade) for the 2024-25 school year is now open. Referrals may come from parents, family members, educators, or health professionals, such as a psychologist or pediatrician, if the child will be 5 years by December 31st. The referral must come from an educator, pediatrician, or psychologist if the child turns 5 on January 1st or later (age 6 if early entrance is to Grade 1). Click this link to refer a student. For early entrance FAQs, click here.
    • The online link to refer a student for gifted identification testing will reopen on the first day of school -- August 21, 2024. 
    • The online link to refer a student for subject or grade acceleration for the 2024-25 school year is available here and will close on March 29th.
    • The online referral link for gifted identification in the Visual & Performing Arts is closed. The referral window will reopen August 19, 2024. 

    Note: Please consider that students in grades 2-8 have multiple assessment opportunities for identification in reading and math through the i-Ready district wide assessment, so additional alternative testing may not be necessary in these two subjects.   



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  • Great Minds Newsletter

    The Gifted and Talented Division distributes a newsletter to the families and caregivers of identified gifted students. 

    Please click here to access:

    Great Minds Spring 2024 issue

    Great Minds Fall 2023 issue

    Great Minds March 2023 issue

    Great Minds January 2023 issue

    Great Minds Fall 2022 issue

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Contact Us

  • Gifted & Talented Department
    737 E. Hudson Street 

    Columbus, OH 43211

    Phone: (614) 365-6626
    Fax: (614) 365-8605

    Dr. Kirsten J. Smith 

    Judy H. Jones 

    Sonya Lovingood

    Kimberly Garrett

    Teachers in the Gifted & Talented Department serve students throughout the district. Click here for the list by school. (Updated for the 2023-2024 School Year)

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

    Amanda Reed 

    Maureen Athey