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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

    ONLINE REFERRALS FOR ACADEMIC and/or VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS ASSESSMENTS

    • 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 1 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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    Academic Options and Competitions

    The Gifted & Talented Division facilitates several opportunities for students to grow their talents and compete with other motivated students in central Ohio.

    This is the list of scheduled activities. Dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

    Date/Time

    Event

    Location

    Friday, December 15th

    8:30 - 1:30 PM

    Middle School Winter Debate Competition 

    Students in grades 6-8

    Capital University - Ruff Center

    Saturday, January 20th

    All day

    Power of the Pen Competition

    Students in grades 7&8

     

    Tuesday, February 13th

    8:15 - 2 PM

    Elementary Math Showcase

    Students taking Math 3, 4 or 5 are eligible

    Columbus Main Library


    Auditorium & Meeting Rm 

    Thursday, February 15th

    8:15 - 2 PM

    Middle School Math Showcase

    Students taking Math 6, 7 or 8; Compacted Math 7/8

    Columbus Main Library


    Auditorium & Meeting Rm 

    Tuesday, February 27th

    9 - 2 PM

    Elementary Chess Competition

    Students in grades K-5

    Columbus Main Library


    Auditorium & Meeting Rm 

    Thursday, March 28th

    8:30 - 1:30 PM

    Middle School Spring Debate Competition 

    Students in grades 6-8

    Capital University - Ruff Center

    Date/Location to be determined

    March

    Invention League

    Students in K-12

     

    February - March

    Just Write

    Students in grades 9-11

     

    Power of the Pen

    January & February

     

    May

    Middle School Chess Tournament

    Grades 6, 7, 8

     

     

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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 
    Director

    Judy H. Jones 
    Supervisor

    Sonya Lovingood
    Secretary

    Kimberly Garrett
    Secretary  

    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 
    Director

    Maureen Athey
    Secretary

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