High Ability Programming

Program Contact

Jason Bletzinger Assistant Superintendent

jbletzinger@rbbschools.net
812.876.7100 ext. 2175


Program Philosophy


It is the philosophy of the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation to maximize the development of each student who attends its schools.  Every learner has the right to be challenged
and, therefore, must be given the opportunity to advance his or her abilities.  In keeping with this belief, the corporation acknowledges that individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups possess capabilities superior to their peers of the same age, grade level, and educational experience.  So that the gifts of these high-ability youth may be developed to the fullest extent, we will provide activities both in and outside of the regular classroom that will cater to their accelerated rate of learning and nurture their unique social and emotional issues.   By meeting the educational needs of students from all ability levels, the teachers and administrators of the corporation, in partnership with the community, will create citizens who are able to set high expectations for themselves and confront challenges with confidence.

Mission Statement

The Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation’s mission
is to provide high ability students with the following: the opportunity to be challenged by experiencing deeper or accelerated curricular studies and the appropriate development of social and emotional skills, particularly those unique to the high ability population (i.e. self-efficacy, stress management, and perfectionism).

Program Goals

The goals of the High Ability program of the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation are to:

1. Provide each student with appropriate challenges via the service(s) best suited to him or her. [IC 20-36-2]

2. Make social interactions available so that gifted students have opportunities to relate to peers with similar social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

Program Description


At
Edgewood Primary (grades K-2), kindergarten teachers use AIMSweb scores to place students in reading groups according to readiness levels. First and second grade teachers place students in high-level reading groups according to previous identification in the High Ability program or their AIMSweb scores.  First and second grade students identified as high ability attend small group sessions to work on problem-solving skills in the area of mathematics. These groups meet weekly to allow students to work collaboratively to explore the concept of problem-solving with multiple approaches and multiple solutions.


At Edgewood Intermediate School (grades 3-5), identified High Ability students are placed in cluster groups where teachers provide differentiated instruction in the areas of language arts and/or mathematics.

At Stinesville Elementary School (grades K-5), individual teachers provide differentiated instruction based on assessments.

Edgewood Junior High School (grades 6-8)

  • Math: Students entering sixth grade may qualify for enrollment in an Honors math class. At seventh grade, there are two options. Most high ability students will take 7th grade Honors math (the first half of the Algebra I curriculum). A small number of students may take a class which covers the entire Algebra I curriculum in one year. Those few students will take Algebra II at Edgewood High School as eighth graders.
  • English: Students identified as High Ability in the area of Language Arts will be cluster-grouped in sixth, seventh and eighth grade English Language Arts class sections. Students identified as High Ability in the area of Language Arts will be cluster-grouped in sixth, seventh and eighth grade English Language Arts class sections.
  • Science, and Social Studies: In these subject areas, students are placed in cluster groups. Classroom teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of the gifted students.

Edgewood High School (grades 9-12)

  • EHS offers honors courses at all grade levels and dual credit (college-level) courses (AP, ACP, and dual credit) for students in grades 11 and 12.  A complete list of courses is available in the Curriculum Guide on the EHS Guidance website. The Curriculum Guide includes a separate list of dual credit course offerings (AP, ACP, and other dual credit).  The Curriculum Guide also includes prerequisites (if applicable) for every course offered at EHS.
  • Math: Students who participated in the accelerated math program at EJHS may continue taking advanced-level math courses at EHS. Any student who possesses exceptional math talent and meets the indicated course prerequisite(s) may choose to enroll in an honors math class.
  • English: Students identified as High Ability in the area of Language Arts may enroll in Honors English 9, 10, and/or Honors American Literature.  Two ACP (college-level) courses (Advanced Composition ACP and English Literature ACP) are available for any senior who meets the indicated prerequisite.
  • Other Subjects: EHS offers honors and dual credit (AP, ACP, dual credit) courses in other subjects; any student may enroll as long as he/she meets the indicated prerequisite for the given course(s).
For additional information on the services RBBCSC provides or the identification process, please access program documents listed below through our document library.

High Ability Documents

High Ability Program

 

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