Gifted Programming

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     The Lorain City School District is committed to providing a continuum of services that meet the unique academic and social needs of our gifted and talented population. Gifted and talented scholars often benefit from curriculum modifications, acceleration, and enrichment of content in the general education setting. Instruction is differentiated to provide all scholars appropriate pacing and support necessary for advanced-level learning.

    Scholars must qualify according to gifted identification guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Education. Please refer to the links on the right for helpful information pertaining to gifted education. If you have questions or concerns regarding gifted and talented education and/or services in the Lorain City School District please contact Mrs. Michelle Barbosa at (440)830-4220 Ext. 51107.

    All about Acceleration

    Some children need more than their current educational placement.  There are two main types of acceleration: whole-grade and subject acceleration.

    Scholars who qualify for Early Entrance to Kindergarten are also considered accelerated scholars.  Additionally, early high school graduation is another form of acceleration.

    The need for whole-grade acceleration is rare and many factors are considered when evaluating whether or not a child is a good candidate.  The Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS) is the guide used for whole-grade acceleration K-8.  Anyone seeking whole-grade acceleration should contact the Gifted Services Coordinator.

    Subject acceleration means that a child is ready for the next grade level much earlier than the typical student.  For example, a second grade student may be taking third grade math while finishing second grade. Anyone seeking subject acceleration should first discuss the need with the classroom teacher and then contact Gifted Coordinator Michelle Barbosa.

Contact Us

  • Gifted Program Coordinator

    Longfellow Middle School
    305 Louisiana Avenue, Lorain

    440-830-4220 (o)

    440-288-1149 (f)