High Ability Programming

Hamilton Southeastern Schools invests in the growth of all students. We are fortunate and proud to support an overall high achieving population of students. It is the intention of our school corporation to infuse rigor, differentiation and enrichment into all of our classrooms to meet the needs of all students. Students present a continuum of needs, not a set of characteristics for sorting. Therefore, our general education and high ability programming will have a responsive service design.

We use a formal identification process to identify and support students in need of high ability services. Please read on to learn more about the identification process and services we provide.

How do you identify students?

Identification of students is a district level team responsibility that involves several testing methods. Families are notified of scores and plans for further testing through email by our central office team.

Types of Tests to Identify HA Students

Testing Schedules

What about children who move to the district?

If my child is not identified, can I request an appeal?

What should I expect from this service?

Students who are identified with high academic or cognitive potential needs require curriculum and services that offer rigor, depth and acceleration. Service design and delivery is a process that depends on the needs of the student and will look different at each building. Services are provided in the core content areas in grades K – 12. You will learn more about your student's classroom curriculum and expectations at Meet the Teacher events.

We also have High Ability Coordinators at the K-6 level. They can also give you some background on the curriculum. 

High School Courses in Junior High

My child is having difficulty in the high ability?

Response to Instruction (RtI) Plan

Instructional plans will be designed to meet the needs of high ability students who also have English as a Second Language needs, disabilities, behavior or health needs.

High ability services continue unless there is evidence that past testing is no longer relevant, when RTI support plans have not been successful, or when a parent requests discontinuance of service.

Help - I need additional assistance!

First, try your school counselor or teacher. The counselor in your child’s school can provide you with information and support for identification. Your counselor can also put you in touch with a HA Coordinator. Your child’s teacher can provide you with information about differentiated instruction. They will have the most detailed information about your child.

For general high ability questions, or if you need additional support, our central office staff is happy to assist you at 317-594-4100. Contact emails are listed below:

Annette Miller Curriculum Department Secretary
Philip Lederach Director of Secondary Education
Dr. Stephanie Loane Director of Elementary Education
Meg Strnat High Ability Coordinator

Parent Resources


Parent Reading Materials

Genius Denied by Jan and Bob Davidson
Parenting Gifted Kids by James R. Delisle
Helping Gifted Children Soar by Carol A. Strip
Gifted Kids Survival Guide For Ages 10 and Under Judy Galbraith
The Survival Guide For Parents Of Gifted Kids (older ages) Sally Yahnke Walker
Light Up Your Childʼs Mind Sally Reis and Joseph Renzulli