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, lifelong learners, 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 these 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. Licking Heights Local School District Gifted Education Course of Study, Board approved on August 18, 2003.
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 self-contained classrooms and cluster grouping to meet the needs of gifted students in grades two through four, and provides advanced courses for students in grades five through twelve. Accelerated placement is an option available to qualified students in grades K-12.