The North Union Local School District programs for Gifted students provide instructional opportunities and other services to meet the unique needs of students with advanced intellectual and/or specific subject matter aptitude. As needed, the program will modify delivery of instruction for students by accelerating and/or providing for greater depth, more complex content and enrichment activities.
If you have questions about the Gifted program please contact Thomas Brown, Director of Special Education.
The North Union Local School District’s service criteria for a student to receive services are different from the minimum state identification criteria for state funding purposes.
The service criteria requires a student to score at or above the 97th percentile on a mathematics achievement test AND score two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on a cognitive abilities test (IQ).
The service criteria requires a student to score at or above the 97th percentile on a reading achievement test AND score two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on a cognitive abilities test (IQ).
Both criteria must be met for placement into our gifted services program at both the elementary and middle school levels.
In grade K-2 classroom consultation services are available to help determine a cognitively gifted child’s learning characteristics and needs, and to assist the classroom teacher in developing strategies for addressing these needs in the classroom.
In grades 3-5 students identified as gifted in the area of superior cognitive ability and score at or above the 97th percentile in math achievement and/or reading achievement are provided services through collaboration or team teaching with the general education teacher and the Gifted Intervention Specialist.
The middle school program offers gifted services to students who are identified with superior cognitive ability and score at or above the 97th percentile in reading through team teaching with the general education teacher and the Gifted Intervention Specialist for a minimum of 240 minutes a week. Math is not a part of the middle school gifted program, but students have access to higher level math courses as they progress.
In grades 9-12, students are encouraged to concentrate on the rigorous subject matter available through Honors, Advanced Placement, Post-Secondary Option and Duel Enrollment.
Due to the Ohio legislative action regarding the identification of gifted students (HB 282), the North Union Board of Education has adopted a policy and plan for identifying gifted students, grades K-12, in the following areas of giftedness: Superior Cognitive Ability, Specific Academic Ability (reading, math, social studies, and/or science, Creative Thinking Ability, and/or Visual/Performing Arts Ability. Testing for potential gifted identification takes place in 2nd and 6th grade. A parent, teacher, community member or peer may refer any student from grades K through 12. A referral packet can be obtained in each building office or by contacting Thomas Brown, Director of Special Education, North Union Local School District, 943-2509.