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.

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  • Please click the link below to refer your student for gifted identification. 

    * Check back here in August for the referral link.   

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  • TESTING SCHEDULE 2021-2022: Gifted Identification, Visual & Performing Arts, and Acceleration

    Academic Gifted Identification Information

    Students are identified as Gifted and Talented through the use of state-approved assessments. As outlined in House Bill 282, Ohio Revised Code 3301-51-15, the state of Ohio mandates that school districts identify students in four areas: superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and the visual and performing arts. Any student in Grades K-12 may be referred for testing in superior cognitive, specific academic, or creative thinking abilities for up to two opportunities per year for testing (including whole grade screenings).

    Note: Due to test publishing constraints, the kindergarten testing window will begin December 1, 2021. Please do not submit kindergarten referrals until after November 15, 2021.

    Note: Since students have multiple assessment opportunities in reading and math in grades 2-5, additional alternative testing is not available.  

    There are two opportunities each year to request alternative testing for gifted identification. Deadlines for submitting referrals are outlined below. Registration begins September 7, 2021 for grades 1-12.


    Referral Deadline:  October 29, 2021 (grades 1-12)

    Referral Deadline:  December 17, 2021 (kindergarten)

    Testing Window:    September 7, 2021 - January 31, 2022 (extended for kindergarten)


    Referral Deadline:  February 28, 2022

    Testing Window:    February 7, 2022 - May 6, 2022 



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  • Visual and Performing Arts Gifted Identification Information

    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 fall 2021 gifted identification process involves referring talented students to be screened in the arts by September 24, 2021.  Any referrals received after this deadline will be added to the list for the Winter/Spring 2022 arts gifted screening process.  The screening windows are as follows:

    Fall/Winter 2021

    Referral deadline:  September 24, 2021

    Assessment window:  September 27 - November 13, 2021


    Winter/Spring 2021-22

    Referral Window:  November 15, 2021 - January 21, 2022**

    Assessment Window:  January 24 - March 12, 2022

    **Referrals received after this date will not be eligible for assessment this school year.**

    Please click the link below to refer your student for visual and performing arts assessment. 

    *Check back in the fall for the referral link. 

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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. This option is usually sought for just a few students each year, as other school curriculum and services are typically sufficient for meeting the needs of most students.

    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.

    According to the Columbus Board of Education Acceleration Policy, adopted on 9-5-06, the referred student’s principal shall convene an evaluation committee to determine the most appropriate and available learning environment for the referred student.

    The parent permission for assessment form must be signed and returned to the Gifted & Talented office at least 60 days before the start of the term the potential acceleration might begin.

    Second Semester Acceleration

    Referral Deadline:  November 16, 2021

    Assessment Window: November 17, 2021 - December 17, 2021 


    First Semester Acceleration for 2022-2023

    Referral Deadline:  March 1, 2022

    Assessment Window: March 2, 2022 - May 20, 2022


    Please click the link below to start the acceleration referral process.  

    *Check back in the fall for the referral link.  

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  • Gifted & 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


    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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