Q: What differences will you find in an HA self contained class compared to general class?

A:  The following is a list of differences that you will find in our classroom:

  • We move through material at a quicker pace with less repetition, particularly in Math.
  • Students have unique opportunities to explore topics such as Rubik’s Cubes, Pi Day and Rube Goldberg contraptions.
  • Emphasis is put on oral presentations with numerous opportunities for students to present work to the class: reports, PowerPoint’s, explanations, etc.
  • Students often find deep friendships here as they have the opportunity to meet peers with similar interests and passions.
  • Independent learning opportunities through ALEKS (on-line math program), Independent study, “Plan Your Own Learning” days and “Learn Something New”

Q: When is a child identified as High Ability?

A: Students can be identified as early as Kindergarten, however, some students may not be tested until 2nd or 3rd grade depending on how they perform on ……

Q: Will my child have to take test to be identified as High Ability?

A:  Yes, there are a series of tests that students take.  The identification process is done starting in September and runs through January.  More information can be found on the Identification Process page, or click here.

Q: What options are available for my child if they are identified as HA but do not want to move to the HA self contained classroom?

A: If a child has been identified as High Ability, that student will received differentiated instruction within the classroom.

Q. Once my child has been identified, will they have to go through identification process every year?

A. No, the identification does not need to be renewed and they will continue to receive services.

Q. How will I know if my child has been identified as HA?

A.  A letter will be sent out to inform you that your child will receive further testing, and then a follow up letter will be sent including the results of those tests.

Q.  Can I appeal the decision if they are not placed or identified?

A.  Yes, the appeal process is outlined on the Identification Process page (here).