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Gifted Education


Ms. JoAnn Henderson     Gifted Coordinator/Teacher
Email   jhenderson@trlsd.org


What is a gifted student?

Gifted students possess unique learning abilities and talents that require special program services. Giftedness is not a single dimension of ability, but is a multi-dimensional concept; gifted students need direction to recognize their specific abilities and attain maximum development of their talents. Varied teaching strategies and program options in APT will foster a zest for learning through the development of thinking skills, research skills, creativity, and affective skills. 

How does a student qualify as "gifted"? 

Three Rivers placement into the APT program is based on the following criteria:

  • Grade Level - a student must be in grades 3rd through 6th.
  • State Guidelines - a student must meet Ohio State guidelines for superior cognitive ability.
  • Test Scores - a student achieves a qualifying score on ability and achievement tests, approved as gifted identifiers by the Ohio Department of Education.

Three Rivers APT Program

APT is an optional enrichment and extension program designed for students.  

Program Goals Develop:

  1. Higher-level thinking skill of application, analysis, syntheses, and evaluation
  2. The ability to think logically and critically
  3. A variety of problem-solving skills and processes
  4. Creative thinking skills and processes
  5. Required skills to conduct various types of research resulting in a variety of end  problems
  6. A variety of technology resources to enhance communication
  7. Affective skills related to self and others
  8. A sense of responsibility and pursuit.

Student Objective:

  • Analyzing information presented
  • Evaluating information using various sets of criteria
  • Distinguishing between facts and inference
  • Identifying relationships that are cause and effect
  • Brainstorming a variety of possible solutions to a given problem
  • Evaluating possible solutions using a set of criteria
  • Accepting creative and unusual thought processes
  • Developing skills of fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration
  • Using a variety of methods and resources to locate information for research purposes
  • Creating a variety of end products, which result from the research process
  • Developing and maintaining healthy self esteem
  • Evaluating personal progress and performance on an ongoing basis.

Key Dates

For first semester acceleration, your request form must be submitted by March 15th of the prior school year. 

For second semester acceleration, your request form must be submitted by November 1st of the current school year. 

Testing Windows for Gifted Identification

Fall:     August 15 - October 15
Spring:   March 15 - May 15

Critical Thinking

Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination is a global, non-profit volunteer-led educational organization that gives students the chance to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation.