Gifted & Talented




    Gifted Testing Referral Links

    Please click on the links below to access gifted testing referral forms.

    The online link for early entrance to kindergarten or first grade (2023-2024 school year) is open. Click here to refer your child for early entrance consideration at the start of second semester (January 2024). For early entrance FAQs, please click here.

    The online link for gifted testing referrals, grades 1-12, is now open (until Dec. 1st). Students, teachers, administrators, and/or caregivers can refer students for additional testing to determine gifted identification up to two times each school year. Click here for the CCS Gifted Testing Brochure.

    The online referral form to request evaluation for gifted identification in the Visual and Performing Arts will reopen in the spring 

    The online link to request subject or whole-grade acceleration review for the second semester of the 2023-2024 school year is now active (until Nov. 16th). 



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  • The Gifted & Talented Division offers CCS families resources to develop critical thinking, argumentative literacy, and meaningful perspective-taking skills through the Raising Critical Thinkers online site.

    These conversation starters and activities spark thoughtful discussions with our young people. They are perfect for dinner time conversations, long car rides, or any downtime students enjoy.

    Read the flier for login credentials and more information. Check it out!

    RCT resources


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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.




    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


    Invention League

    Students in K-12


    February - March

    Just Write

    Students in grades 9-11



    Middle School Chess Tournament

    Grades 6, 7, 8



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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. (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

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