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.

  • Winter/Spring 2022-23 Gifted Identification Referral Form

    Please click on the link (above) to refer a student for gifted identification testing. 

    Before you begin, please note: This form is for gifted identification ONLY. For whole grade or subject acceleration (grade skipping), complete the acceleration referral form on this website.

    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.   

    The Winter/Spring 2022-23 referral deadline for students in grades K-12 is February 28, 2023.

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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.

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

    Referral link for Subject or Whole-Grade Acceleration

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  • Winter/ Spring VPA Identification
    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 second semester arts identification process involves your participation in referring talented students to be screened in your area of the arts program. Please use this form to refer your talented artists.

    Winter/Spring 2023-23
    Referral window:  November 28, 2022 - February 3, 2023
    Assessment window:  February 6 - March 27, 2023
    Please click HERE to fill out the referral form.
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Contact Us

  • Gifted and 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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