EMPOWERING STUDENTS. CREATING POSSIBILITIES
A Unique Learning Experience
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
ABOUT OUR GIFTED PROGRAM
We’re a community of educators, dedicated to inspirational learning and supporting the unique needs of our gifted learners. Our team of professionals is here to help students reach their highest potential, providing them with the tools and the guidance they need through challenging projects and assignments. Our accelerated classes provide enrichment activities designed to engage gifted learners with higher levels of problem solving and in-depth learning. Get in touch with a member of our team to learn more.
All students in the class have been identified as high ability, and all of the instruction can be at the appropriate pace and level.
HIGH ABILITY SPECIALISTS
Full-time placement with other students of high ability and differentiated curriculum and instruction by a high ability licensed teacher produces the greatest academic gains for high ability students.
Ability Grouping: Opportunities for high ability learners to socialize and to learn with like-ability peers
Daily Challenge: Opportunity for daily challenge in identified areas of high ability
Acceleration: Opportunities for various forms of content, subject and grade acceleration as needed
Differentiation: Differentiation in pace, amount of review and practice, focus on larger concepts, and interdisciplinary connections
Independent Work: Opportunities to work independently in areas of passion and talent
Performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain when compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment; and:
Is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interests.
WHAT IS THE IDENTIFICATION PROCESS?
As guided by the Indiana Department of Education, the New Albany Floyd County Schools uses CogAT, a culturally unbiased, pictorial-based aptitude measure as a universal screener as part of its high ability identification/placement. Additionally, the IOWA Test and the Orleans Hanna Algebra Prognosis assessment are used as an achievement measure in the high ability identification process. These assessments are administered by licensed school personnel during the regular school day.
The results of these assessments will be used in conjunction with your child’s daily classroom performance and other assessments regularly administered by NAFCS to assist in providing an educational placement and experiences that best meet your child’s academic needs.
New Albany Floyd County Schools has two programs specifically designed to meet the needs of our young high ability students. The high ability program at Floyds Knobs Elementary, Grant Line Elementary, and Mt. Tabor Elementary begin in third grade. Students throughout the district are recommended for this program based on the aforementioned assessment results.
NAFCS has many opportunities for the high ability learner – from kindergarten through grade 12. We offer programs and curricular opportunities that provide for high-level experiences in many areas, so that the individual needs of the high ability learner can be met.
"Our daughter has loved being in your class this year and I appreciate your kindness and love of learning you showed her."
"Our son really enjoyed having you as a teacher this school year. Your style resonated with him, and he enjoyed the topics that you covered. I know that he feels close to you and that he bonded with you."
"I wanted to send a note and say thank you for the wonderful year of learning that our son has had. He hit the ground running with middle school with minimal adjustment and I know that was in part to the fact that he really enjoyed coming to your classrooms every day."
Looking into the eyes of a gifted child is an important step to understanding their needs.