Bright Elementary School · 22593 Stateline Road · Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 · Ph: 812-637-4600 · Fax: 812-637-4606

High Ability

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 High Ability Web Page

Helpful Websites

NAGC-National Association for the Gifted
IAG-Indiana Association for the Gifted
Hoagies-informational site for all things "Gifted"
IDOE-Indiana Dept. of Education- Gifted Services Info
High Ability Services Handbook-Sunman Dearborn

Books/Resources for Parents, Students and Teachers
The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide (For Ages 10 and Under)
The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: For Ages 10 & Under

The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook
Product Details

What to Do When Good Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide For Kids
What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids

Additional recommended book lists
Indiana Dept. of Education-

Dr. Lynette Breedlove-

NAGC's Toy and Game List

NAGC Toy List- 2014

NAGC Toy List- 2015

Purdue Inspire Engineering Gift Guide

Local Psychologists (recommended by Hoagies for our area)

Edward. Amend, Psy.D, Amend Psychological Services, Lexington
phone: (859) 269-6465, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Suzanne M. James, Psy.D, 305 Artillery Park Drive
Suite 102, Fort Mitchell, KY  41017  Phone – 859-426-0200 email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Local Programs for Gifted Students
Super Saturday-
GERI-Purdue Summer Camps
Indiana Academy Saturday Adventure Camps
Destination Imagination
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Museum Center

Frequently Asked Questions
What are Junior Great Books?
Books that combine reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and collaborative discussion. They are used in High Ability Cluster classrooms as an enrichment in Language Arts.

What are CML and IML?
Continental Math League
CML experiences are designed to both maximize student opportunites to participate and to improve their problem solving capabilities. Both mathematical skills and reading skills are improved for students participating at all levels.
Indiana Math League
Every contest has questions from different areas of mathematics.  The goal is to encourage student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems. Many students first develop an interest in mathematics through problem-solving activities such as these contests.

What data is used for identification?

A multifaceted assessment plan is utilized to identify students who require gifted services. Students are given the Otis Lennon School Ability Test 8 (OLSAT 8) or CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) as part of the identification process. (Testing years are in transition due to grade levels added to elementary and middle school buildings. See Transition of years in Appendix M of the 2016 Handbook.) Other achievement data is gathered to be considered as part of the identification process. (See Appendix F of the Gifted Services handbook for a list of measures used at each grade level.)

What is an appeal?
Teachers, administrators, and/or parents may appeal on behalf of a student not placed for gifted services.  Additional testing will be provided if it is warranted.  The appeal should be accompanied by any additional information that the stakeholder feels should be considered in make a decision regarding the student's placement. (See Appendix H of the High Ability Services Handbook for an appeal request form.)

What is classroom cluster grouping?
Sunman-Dearborn utilizes a schoolwide cluster grouping model in grades 1-5.  Identified High Ability students are grouped together in classrooms along with other students grouped by their achievement levels.  Classroom compositions are carefully structured with two main goals:1) to ensure a balance of abilities throughout the grade level and 2) to reduce the learning range in every classroom.  All classes in the grade level have students with a range of learning abilities and levels. 

What is differentiation?
Differentiation is an approach to teaching that provides different ways to acquire content, to process, and to develop products so that each student can learn effectively.   It is an approach that meet the needs of all learners in the classroom.  Students are not all typically working on the same content, at the same pace or with the same group in a differentiated classroom.  Grouping should be fluid. It can also be based on readiness, ability, achievement, interests and learning preferences.

Differences Between the Bright Child (High Achiever)

And the Gifted Learner (High Ability)



All descriptors represent a continuum of behaviors rather than extremes.


Bright Child                            

            Gifted Learner

Knows the answers


Asks the questions

Is interested


Is highly curious

Is attentive


Is mentally and physically involved

Has good ideas


Has wild, silly ideas

Works hard


Plays around, yet tests well

Answers the questions


Discusses in detail, elaborates

Is in the top group


Goes beyond the group

Listens with interest


Shows strong feelings and opinions

Learns with ease


Already knows

Requires 6-8 repetitions for mastery


Requires 1-2 repetitions for mastery

Understands ideas


Constructs abstractions

Enjoys peers


Prefers adults

Grasps the meaning


Draws inferences

Completes assignments


Initiates projects

Is receptive


Is intense

Copies accurately


Creates a new design

Enjoys school


Enjoys learning

Absorbs information


Manipulates information

Is a technician


Is an inventor

Enjoys straightforward sequential presentation


Thrives on complexity

Is alert

Is keenly observant


Is pleased with own learning

Is highly self-critical