High Ability Information

High Ability Information 2017-09-21T08:26:52+00:00


Lake Central School Corporation High Ability Program challenges students to reach their potential by providing a wide range of opportunities designed to meet their intellectual, social, and emotional needs.  The corporation recognizes these learners are found in all socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic groups.

Definition of a High Ability Student

A high ability student is one who “performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, an outstanding level of accomplishment in one of the following domains,  Mathematics, Language Arts, or general intellectual, when compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment; and is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interests.”


  • Early Entrance to Kindergarten

  • Participation in high ability curriculum in math and/or language arts in a cluster grouped classroom or self-contained classroom

  • Grade Skipping

  • Advance Placement Coursework

Appeal Procedure

Identification Plan

Parents may appeal the corporation’s decision on the identification of their child by submitting a completed High Ability Appeal Form to the district High Ability Coordinator.  The form must be emailed, hand-delivered, or postmarked by May 1.

An appeal does not re-evaluate student data already considered in the original identification process. Scoring at the Pass Plus level on ISTEP+, high grades, or high performance on classroom benchmark assessments are not valid reasons for an appeal. The purpose of the appeal is to bring new information to the attention of the committee that could lead to a different decision. These may include alternate measures of ability and/or achievement.

A committee consisting of the coordinator, a principal, and teachers who are licensed in high ability will convene to review the appeals and any additional information the parent submits and reach a decision about the most appropriate placement for the student. Parents will be notified in writing of the results of the appeal.

High Ability Appeal Form (updated 4/28/17)