FAQ's : Gifted Education
Parents and students of Gifted Education most often have common questions and concerns. If your questions are not answered here, please to not hesitate to contact your child’s Gifted Support Teacher.
What is Gifted Education at the Owen J. Robert’s High School?
Gifted Education at the Owen J. Roberts High School is an educational experience that is in addition to and over and above the Regular Education experience. Gifted Education will affect a student’s academic experience in one or both of the following two (2) ways:
- It is designed to provide enrichment to a student’s existing academic schedule.
- It is designed to provide acceleration at the classroom level and/or through whole-grade acceleration (otherwise commonly known as “grade skipping”.)
These are accessed through a GIEP (Gifted Individual Education Plan)
What is Regular Education at the Owen J. Robert’s High School?
Regular Education is an educational experience that can be accessed without the services provided by either the Special Education Department or through the Gifted Education experience. It is an experience that can be accessed through the standard scope and sequence of classes per the Owen J Roberts High School Program of Studies.
Is a student going to be receiving additional work if they have a GIEP?
Most likely, yes. Having a GIEP is knowing that a student is in need of Specially Designed Instruction in the form of additional enrichment and/or acceleration. This commonly translates to academic work over and above that which is assigned to the regular education class. These assignments may or may not be included for a grade in the class(es) in which they are assigned. If this is undesirable and unnecessary, this is an indication the student may no longer be in need of Specially Designed Instruction/a GIEP.
Will a GIEP or “Giftedness” be indicated on a high school transcript?
No. GIEPs and the services of the high school’s Gifted Education program do not appear on the transcript. The only indication of a child’s giftedness that would appear on an OJR transcript would be if the student took the Gifted Seminar elective – with the associated grade. The most powerful information that appears on transcripts is a student’s grades and each class’ associated level of academic rigor.
Will keeping a GIEP through high school help gain admittance to a college?
No. GIEPs and the services of the high school’s Gifted Education program are not considered by admission committees for college entrance. The only indication of a child’s giftedness that would appear on an OJR transcript would be if the student took the Gifted Seminar elective – with the associated grade. The most powerful information that appears on transcripts is a student’s grades and each class’ associated level of academic rigor.
Will a GIEP be carried into college?
No. High School Gifted Education services end upon graduation from High School. The curriculum of the college or university should challenge the student at their academic level, aptitude and gift. In considering a college or university, the challenge and rigor of the curriculum in the area of the student’s interest should first be carefully considered before applying to a school. A school should be chosen only if the rigor is appropriate for the prospective student.
If the academic performance of a student is found to no longer be in need of a GIEP (Specially Designed Instruction), will the student still be considered academically gifted?
Yes. Even though a student is not in need of a GIEP, once identified as academically gifted, the student retains the designation.
If a student’s academic performance is found to no longer be in need of a GIEP, can a GIEP be reinstated at a later date?
Yes. If the curriculum is found to no longer challenge the student in the area previously designated as their area of strength, the student will be able to have a GIEP reinstated to help them achieve the appropriate level of challenge. Contrary to common belief, the reinstatement of a GIEP is not rigorous such as the reinstatement of an IEP; it is in actuality and practice quite simple. A parent or a teacher would ask to reinstate a GIEP if additional academic challenge is necessary.
Can a student be “opted-out” of Gifted Education?
Yes. This can be recommended and carried through with the formal reevaluation process and/or can be carried out with communication from a parent to the Gifted Support Teacher.
Can a student who has not been identified as Academically Gifted in the High School be identified as Academically Gifted in High School?
Yes. This can be recommended through a teacher, Guidance Counselor and/or the parents. Once the request has been made, the process of identification then starts with all appropriate notifications and testing timelines.
If a student’s academic performance and educational experience is determined to no longer be in need of a Specially Designed Instruction/a GIEP, will they miss-out on any experiences?
Yes and No.
Yes. Without the need for a GIEP, the student would no longer be in need of enrichment and acceleration beyond the Honors-level and Advanced Placement-level courses nor have the need for additional rigor of the Gifted Seminar elective. Without a GIEP, the student would no longer possess the prerequisite of an active GIEP to enroll in this course.
No. A student will be invited to take part in group experiences and presentations that those with active GIEPs will be invited to attend such as special lectures held on school grounds and field trips.
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