The Lebanon Community School Corporation recognizes that regardless of socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, students will perform, show potential to perform, or display at an outstanding level accomplishments in the core academic areas of English Language Arts and mathematics. LCSC is committed to identifying students through systematic, on-going procedures; thus providing High Ability Services that nurture an environment that challenges HA students to meet their full potential as lifelong learners.
Students with high abilities require differentiated services, curriculum and instruction. The school corporation must provide those experiences in order to meet the students’ needs and develop their gifts into talents. The development of appropriate gifted education programming requires comprehensive services based on sound philosophical, theoretical, and empirical support. We believe high ability students have unique needs and require special services. We believe high ability students can be twice exceptional and can come from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Meet the affective needs of high ability students in the areas of self-concept, self-direction, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
Develop and maintain an articulated quality program K-12 in order to encourage an understanding of the high ability learner within the school community.
Build on the basic knowledge and skills required by the Indiana Common Core Standards by providing differentiated curriculum, flexible programs, and extended opportunities for the intellectual growth of identified students.
Encourage students to model excellence in their achievements.
Provide opportunities for students to understand their unique qualities in order to develop a realistic concept of themselves and to become contributing members of society.
LCSC High Ability Services
At the elementary Level for LCSC, cluster classrooms are provided at each grade level. The cluster classrooms have teachers who are trained in differentiating the instruction to meet the needs of the high ability students. In addition, depending on the individual student’s needs, the elementary students have the opportunity for vertical articulation to other grade levels for the designated academic area for additional need in acceleration. There is a recommended curriculum at each grade level for cluster teachers to access.
At the middle school level, high ability students are placed in academic classes according to their need. High ability classes are offered at each level in the areas of English, math, social studies and science. The curriculum in the high ability classes is higher level, faster paced, and deeper in content than the general education course of the same topic.
Lebanon High School offers Honors classes, AP classes, Dual Enrollment, and Tech Honors. These courses challenge HA students and prepare them for their continued advanced studies at a post-secondary institution.
Lebanon Community School Corporation's Identification Process
Research supports a set of specific procedures for identifying students with high abilities in an equitable, fair, valid, and defensible way. High Ability manifests itself in different ways in different cultures or socio-economic groups. Multiple criteria are used for identification; including: student achievement, student ability, and parent and teacher observations. All students are in the initial pool regardless of nomination. (Nomination forms available online, from classroom teachers, and at each school’s main office.)
• Parent and Teacher nominations are accepted during the month of December.
• A committee of staff members meets as a selection committee for each of the identification and placement levels of elementary, middle school and high school.
• All student information is anonymous as students are assigned a number for the committee work.
• After identification has taken place, parents receive written notification of the recommendation for their student.
• An appeal time allows guardians or parents to request a review of the data for a particular student. A different group of staff members meets as the appeals committee.