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.

  • Gifted Testing Referral Links


    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. For early entrance FAQs, please click here.

    The online link for gifted testing referrals, grades K-12, will reopen on this web page on August 21st.

    The online link for Visual and Performing Arts gifted identification will reopen on this web page on August 21st.

    The online link to request subject or whole-grade acceleration review for the second semester of the 2023-2024 school year will be available here on November 17th.


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  • 2023-2024 School Year

    Gifted Service Selection Letters

    Mailed in March


    Gifted service letters for next year are being mailed to families of identified gifted students. For identified students in grades 2-7, please be sure to sign and return the form enclosed with the letter by April 12th. 

    If you are new to gifted services in Columbus City Schools and have questions, please join us for one of two parent meetings via zoom. General overviews of the services we offer will be provided at meetings on Wednesday, March 29th from 6-7 PM (for parents of students in grades K-5) and Tuesday, April 4th, 6-7 PM (for parents of students in grades 6-12)

    Directions to join the Zoom meeting (the same link for both meetings):

    Go to

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Enter the Meeting ID: 842 2029 2217


    Please click on the following links for specific information about gifted services in Columbus City Schools:

    Brochure - Continuum of Gifted Services

    Gifted Services_ Frequently Asked Questions

    Columbus Gifted Academy 

    If you have questions, please call the Gifted and Talented office at 614-365-6626. 


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

    Please click here to access :

    Great Minds March 2023 issue

    Great Minds January 2023 issue

    Great Minds Fall 2022 issue


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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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