Gifted Education

Program Information

Students identified as gifted need differentiated curriculum and instruction in order to fully develop their cognitive, academic, creative, and artistic abilities. 

Students in New Richmond Exempted Village Schools are provided with opportunities dependent upon the grade level of the student and his or her identifications.  

  • Cluster grouping for instruction in general education classrooms allows for students who are identified as gifted to collaborate together.

  • Differentiated lessons in grades K-1 provide enrichment for gifted students.

  • Gifted services in grades 2-5 in reading, math, social studies, science, creativity, and/or superior cognitive ability are provided in the regular classroom through differentiation and the monitoring of Written Education Plan goals by the general education teacher.

  • Gifted services in grades 6-8 in reading, math, social studies, science, creativity and/or superior cognitive ability are provided through the advanced courses and the monitoring of Written Education Plan goals by the general education teacher.

  • Honors courses, College Credit Plus courses, and Advanced Placement courses, provided under the authorization of the College Board, offer gifted students in the areas of reading, math, social studies, science, creativity, and/or superior cognitive ability formal gifted services in grades 9-12 through the monitoring of Written Education Plan goals by general, CCP, and AP teachers.

  • Services by trained arts instructors offer students identified as gifted in the visual and/or performing arts specialized instruction.

Whole-grade acceleration, subject acceleration, early entrance to kindergarten, or early graduation from high school may be utilized in cases in which the student’s advanced needs cannot be met in their current grade level.  This may be instituted after the acceleration evaluation process has been completed and the acceleration committee has determined the best placement for the student. All requests to initiate an evaluation should be directed to the Gifted Coordinator.

Middle School Subject and Grade Level Acceleration

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Early entrance to kindergarten (or first grade) is a viable option for academically talented young children. The decision to pursue early entrance should be based on a noticeable academic advancement rather than a close birthday for enrollment. Kindergarten is an academic challenge and students should be placed in the appropriate grade for continued success throughout their education that matches their developmental stage.  
Referrals for early entrance to kindergarten (or first grade) follow the below process:
  • Referral form, Early Entrance to Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire, and two checklists are completed and signed by parent/guardian and then forwarded to the Gifted Coordinator.
  • Gifted Coordinator schedules an ability test (measured by IQ) for the child with a school psychologist. A summary report is forwarded to the Gifted Coordinator. 
  • Gifted Coordinator completes the Iowa Acceleration Scale and determines if the student is a possible candidate for early entrance.  If so, additional achievement and aptitude testings are scheduled and administered by the gifted coordinator.  
  • Results are communicated to parents/guardians by mail.  In the event early entrance is recommended, an acceleration committee will be formed.

Referral Forms for Gifted Assessment

Referrals for gifted identification can be made by a parent, teacher, or peer of a student who may be gifted, as well as the student themselves. However, all forms must be signed by the parent/guardian of the student in order for testing to occur.

The district provides opportunities for assessment during the months of November and March. All referrals must be received by the gifted coordinator no later than the last day of the month prior. The testing schedule will be made and email notifications will be sent home within the first week of November and March. Notices will contain testing information, dates, and times. Results will be communicated with a letter to parents within 30 days of the last testing date for their child.


Ms. Holly Mueller

District Gifted Coordinator

Dr. Nicole Dietrich

Current Handbook


The Board of Education shall ensure that procedures are established to identify all gifted students. The District follows the identification eligibility criteria as specified in Section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code and the Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students as specified in the District Plan.

"Gifted" students perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. Annually, children who are gifted are identified by professionally qualified persons using a variety of assessment procedures. The Board encourages efforts to provide services for the children who are gifted as an integral part of the total kindergarten through grade 12 program.

The district shall identify children in grades kindergarten through twelve, who may be gifted in one or more of the following areas:

- Superior Cognitive
- Superior Academic Ability (Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies)
- Creative Thinking Ability
- Visual or Performing Arts Ability such as drawing, painting, sculpting, music, dance, drama. 


A Written Education Plan (WEP) will guide the gifted services based on the student's area(s) of identification and individual needs. The Written Education Plan shall:

- provide a description of the services to be provided; 
- specify staff members responsible for providing that specific services are delivered;  
- implement a procedure for resolving disputes with regard to identification and placement decisions; 
- specify policies regarding the waiver of assignments and the scheduling of tests missed while participating in any gifted services provided outside the general classroom if different from the District policy detailed below; 
- specify a date by which the WEP will be reviewed for possible revision. 
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