Welcome to the Felicity-Franklin Local Schools Gifted Program!

The unique variety of abilities among the students of Felicity-Franklin Schools is recognized and embraced by the Felicity-Franklin Board of Education. It is our goal to provide a differentiated instructional program to serve every student’s ability. The procedures for identifying and serving gifted students are outlined below.


The term “gifted” is used for students who perform or show potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Students may be identified as gifted in one or more of the following areas:

  • Superior Cognitive Ability
  • Specific Academic Ability (Math, Science, Reading and
  • Social Studies)
  • Creative Thinking Ability
  • Visual and/or Performing Arts


The Felicity-Franklin School District ensures equal access to all students including culturally or linguistically diverse children, children from low socio-economic background, children with disabilities, and the children for whom English is a second language.

Superior Cognitive Ability

All students in grade 2 and 5 will be screened and assessed for identification in Superior Cognitive Ability.

Specific Academic Ability

All students in grades 2 and 4 will be screened for Math and Reading using the Terra Nova 3 for Math and Reading. Parents, students, or teachers may request referrals for screening/identification opportunities in math, science, reading and social studies. This referral period is twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

Creative Thinking Ability

All students will be screened for identification in grade 2 and 5 for Creative Thinking Ability with the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT8). Assessment and identification is completed by using the GATES 2 (Gifted and Talented Scale 2).

Visual and Performing Arts

Referrals from teachers and/or parents are accepted at any time for screening using the GATES 2 (Gifted and Talented Scale). Identification includes the use of the ODE guidelines for the portfolio or performance.

Assessment Instruments

The Felicity-Franklin Local School District uses the following assessment instruments for screening and identification. For specific details, please refer to the Assessment Instruments Used for Gifted Identification document.

Superior Cognitive Ability

  • Cognitive Abilities Test 8 (CogAT8)
  • Woodcock Johnson III

Specific Academic Ability

  • Stanford Achievement Test (SAT)
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • Terra Nova 3 Complete Battery

Creative Thinking

  • Cognitive Abilities Test 8 (CogAT8)
  • Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale 2

Visual or Performing Arts Ability

  • ODE Rubric for scoring
  • Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale
  • Performance/audition or display of work


Parents, students, or teachers may request referrals for additional assessment opportunities during the non-assessment years. This occurs twice a year, through notification in building newsletters. Referral forms can be obtained at any school office or by contacting Beth Francis at francisb@felicityschools.org.

Acceptance of Scores

The district accepts scores provided by other school districts and/or trained personnel outside the school district provided that the instruments used are approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

Appeal Procedure for Identification

Parents should submit a letter to the superintendent or designee outlining the nature of the concern. The superintendent or designee will convene a meeting with the parents/guardian, which may include other school personnel. The superintendent or designee will issue a written final decision within 30 days of the appeal. This written notice should include the reason for the decision (s).


Students who are identified as gifted according to the criteria set forth by the state and defined by the assessment instrument are eligible for gifted services designed for the specific area of identification. The State of Ohio does not require that gifted students be served. Felicity-Franklin School District strives to serve as many gifted students as possible in selected areas such as reading, math, social studies, science and cognitive ability through the services listed below.

Resource Room Services

Students in grades 2-8 who are identified as Superior Cognitive and/or Reading, Math and Science will have daily instruction with the Gifted Intervention Specialist for their intervention block.

Cluster Grouping

Small group of students who are identified gifted and who are deliberately placed together in a classroom with the general education teacher.


A student may be accelerated to a higher grade level for one or more subject areas. This may be instituted after the acceleration committee has determined the best placement for the student. Please refer to the district acceleration policy for more information.

Honors/Advanced Placement

Honors courses and “Advanced Placement” courses, provided under the authorization of the College Board, are offered at the secondary level for students preferring to take advanced coursework.

In the high school, honors advanced, or “advanced placement” courses are available to all students, including those identified as gifted. Students who choose to enroll in such courses are challenged with advanced concepts and pace in the subject area, as compared to the regular coursework. This curriculum is developed and presented by the classroom teacher. Progress will be monitored by the classroom teacher and reported to parents regularly, utilizing the online grade reporting system.

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus is an option for students to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from college and/or university.


If, at any time, a student wishes to withdraw from the gifted services, a written request from the parent should be submitted to the building administrator and/or Gifted Intervention Specialist.

Appeal for Services

An appeal by the parent is the reconsideration of the placement of the student in the program in order to receive services.

Written Education Plan

All gifted services are based on the students’ area(s) of identification and individual needs and are guided by a Written Education Plan (WEP). A WEP is written for each child, reviewed annually, and distributed to the parents as well as all staff members who are responsible for providing gifted services. Parents are provided with periodic reports regarding the effectiveness of the services offered in accordance with the students’ WEP.


District Gifted Policy and Services 2019-2020

Gifted Assessment Instruments 2019-2020

Gifted Referral Form


Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC)-http://www.oagc.com/

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)- http://www.nagc.org/

Hoagies Gifted Education Page-http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/

The Super Saturday Program-https://www.supersaturday.org/

Davidson Institute- http://www.davidsongifted.org

Cincinnati Mensa Gifted Youth program-https://cincymensa.org/gifted_youth/

Coming Soon! Byways Gifted STEM program website