Gifted and talented students demonstrate potential ability and/or superior achievement when compared to most students of their age, experience or environment. The district ensures there are appropriate procedures in place for screening and assessment of students who are culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, have a disability or have limited English proficiency.
According to Westlake City School District Board of Education policy and Ohio Revised Code, the district shall identify children in grades K-12 who might be gifted in one or more of the following areas:
- Super Cognitive Ability
- Specific Academic Ability in one or more of the following content areas:
- Social Studies
- Creative Thinking Ability
- Visual or Performing Arts Ability such as drawing, painting, dance, music or drama.
In grades K-8, the district implements a cluster grouping model in a traditional classroom. Using this model, students are placed together with other students identified as gifted. Teachers are provided with training and continued support to provide differentiated instruction in the subject areas of identification. Students may also receive services from a Gifted Intervention Specialist in certain grade levels. Each student will collaborate with their classroom teacher or Gifted Intervention Specialist providing yearly goals in a Written Education Plan (WEP) established annually.
In the middle school years, advanced and/or accelerated classes are provided in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science.
At the high school level, grades 9-12, courses are offered in Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Credit Plus (CCP).
Kathi Maxwell │Associate Superintendent of Instruction 7-12 │ firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Fleming │director of academic services K-6 │email@example.com
Ruth Weible │ Administrative Assistant │ 440.250.1259 │ firstname.lastname@example.org
BECKY KOWALSKI │ GIFTED TEACHER-WESTLAKE ELEMENTARY │ KOWALSKI@WLAKE.ORG
BRANDI MATTINGLY │ GIFTED TEACHER-WESTLAKE ELEMENTARY │ MATTINGLY@WLAKE.ORG
ERIN VANEK │ GIFTED TEACHER-WESTLAKE ELEMENTARY │ 440.899.3075 X. 2157 │ VANEKE@WLAKE.ORG
Dover Intermediate - 5th Grade - Bridget Royce - Math; Donna Dieterich-ELA; 6th Grade - Patrick McMorrow-Math; Jessica Ranallo-ELA