The mission of gifted education services at Licking Heights Local Schools is to provide a safe environment where our children will be encouraged to become critical thinkers, high academic achievers, and productive members of society who respect individual differences. In addition, the Board believes “academic excellence is achieved through challenging, rewarding, satisfying, purposeful instruction and appreciation for life-long learning.” In keeping with the belief that all children are entitled to education fitted to their particular needs, the Local Board of Education believes that gifted children require programs and/or services beyond those offered in regular school programs in order to realize their full potential of contribution to self and society.
Our Philosophy and Practice
Each district in the state of Ohio is only required by law to identify gifted students. As a district we are not required to offer gifted services, classes, or other enrichment. However, Licking Heights has placed great value on supporting and furthering the academic excellence of those students identified as gifted. The district currently provides cluster grouping to meet the needs of gifted students in grades two through four and provides advanced courses and single subject acceleration for students in grades five through eight. In grades nine through twelve, students have a variety of Honors, Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus options to choose from. Additional accelerated placements are also an option available to qualified students in grades K-12.