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High Ability Learner

Mission Statement   
MVCSC will provide support and guidance to all identified high ability students.  We will be committed to an educational program that provides a challenging, differentiated curriculum through a wide range of services to our students.

Definition of High Ability   
A high ability student is one who performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one designated domain when compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment. 

Mt. Vernon recognizes that high ability learners have unique needs; socially, emotionally, and academically.

At the elementary level we use a variety of assessments, teacher recommendation and observation, student and parent conferences, and report card grades.  Cluster grouping is the primary means of differentiating in the curriculum. 

At the middle school level self-contained classrooms for identified high ability students in Math and Language Arts are used.  Accelerated math students take Algebra in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th grade. 

At the high school level we offer Honors, dual-credit, and Advanced Placement courses to High Ability students. 

Cluster Grouping in reading and math is the primary mean of differentiating the curriculum throughout the district, especially in the elementary grades where High Ability students are served in the regular classroom.  Enrichment activities promoting higher level thinking, creative problem solving, and research are increasingly used in all classes. 

Honors Classes are more rigorous than the average course and seen as preparation for an AP course. 

 Advanced Placement classes offer students meticulous, college-level curriculum and exams.  Students who earn a score of 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5), often earn college credits or advanced standing with many of the country’s colleges and universities.  

Program Goals

  • To provide a differentiated curriculum that responds to the academic needs of high ability learners
  • To provide a curriculum which is appropriately accelerated and enriched to meet the learning needs of talented students
  • To assist in meeting the special social and emotional needs of high ability students
  • To encourage the desire for life-long learning

Parent Resources

Gifted Resource Guide for Indiana Parents and Educators
(PDF located at bottom of page)

NAGC Mile Marker Series
(PDF located at bottom of page)

Melissa Montague,
Jun 21, 2012, 10:44 AM
Brandon Hayes,
May 17, 2013, 4:42 AM
Melissa Montague,
Jun 21, 2012, 10:47 AM