Gifted Screener Assessment Windows and Enrichment Opportunities

Elementary School Whole Grade Screeners

The State of Ohio requires districts to screen students for gifted identification in the areas of Superior Cognitive Ability, Reading, and Math at grades K-2 and again at grades 3-6.  During the 2018-2019 school year, the Hamilton City School District (HCSD) will be screening ALL students in grades 1 and 6 for gifted services for Superior Cognitive Ability during the dates shown below:

  • Grade 6  – November  12 – 16, 2018
  • Grade 1 – January 14 – February 1, 2019

The iReady Reading and Math Benchmark Assessments have been approved to identify giftedness in the academic areas of reading and math.  Students currently take iReady Benchmark Assessments to measure growth during the Fall, Winter, and Spring in grades K-6.  If a student scores in the 95th percentile on the reading or math assessment, they will be identified as gifted in that academic area.

Referrals for Gifted Testing

Hamilton City Schools holds Fall and Spring gifted identification screenings for students referred by their parents, teachers, and/or building administrators annually.  Students referred for gifted testing may be screened for giftedness in the following areas:

  • Superior cognitive ability
  • Academic Areas
    • Reading
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social studies
  • Creative thinking,
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual art
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Instrumental music
    • Vocal music

During the 2017-2018 school year, screenings by referral will take place during the following dates:

  • Fall – September 26 – October 11, 2018  (Referral Deadline – September 21, 2018)
  • Spring – February 26-March 9, 2018 (Referral Deadline – February 23, 2018)

The referral form(s) for gifted identification and the directions on how and where to submit it are linked below:

Paper referral forms for gifted testing may also be obtained from the district’s gifted coordinator or a building principal.  Please return completed referral forms to the gifted coordinator by mail, email, or through your child’s teacher.   If a referral form is received after the deadline, the student will be tested during next semester’s the gifted testing window.

Any student may be referred in writing on an ongoing basis, by any of the following:

  • Child request (self-referral);
  • Teacher recommendation;
  • Parent/guardian request;
  • Child referral of peer; and
  • Other (e.g., psychologist, community members, principal, gifted coordinator, etc.)

Upon receipt of a referral, the district will:

  • Schedule the student for screening during the school day.  A student’s initial assessment will be completed within ninety days of the referral.
  • Notify parents of results of screening or assessment and identification within 30 days of the district’s receipt of the results.

Elementary After School Enrichment Programs

Afterschool Enrichment Programs are available for gifted and recommended high performing students.  Principals will send out invitations and permission notes to gifted and recommended students.  Programs can start after September 16, 2018, and will meet one time per week for the remainder of the school year.  Schedules are determined by the building principal and enrichment teacher.

Gifted Testing