Gifted Services

The Olentangy Local Schools Gifted Services Program provides gifted and talented students with the opportunity to enhance cognitive, learning, research and communication skills by providing challenging opportunities through a differentiated learning program. Gifted specialists and classroom teachers encourage gifted and talented students to maximize their potential by accepting  opportunities to stretch their thinking through rigorous curriculum, gaining the necessary skills to become self-directed, college and career ready students.


Please visit the Enrichment Opportunities link to view information about upcoming Olentangy and Central Ohio camps, activities, and events to support gifted students!

Please view the Frequently Asked Question link for additional information regarding gifted identification and service criteria.

Inklings Writing Competition
Olentangy students are invited to participate in the first Inklings Writing Competition this spring.  Interested students in grades 3-8 can submit original writing pieces (fiction, non-fiction and/or poetry) to their school’s gifted intervention specialist by Thursday, April 17.  Winners and other finalists will be recognized at the Inklings Awards Ceremony at Shanahan Middle School on May 4 at 6:30 p.m.  Questions?  Contact or your child’s ELA teacher.  The Inklings Writing Competition

March Seminar for Parents of Gifted Students
In her final presentation at Olentangy, Dr. Susan Rakow will explore gifted children and youth who “march to a different drummer.”  She will also discuss the role of summer programs and other out-of-school opportunities and the advantages they might offer our gifted children.  View the Different Drummers and Different Summers flier for times and locations.

Enrich Columbus
Enrich Columbus is a local organization that keeps families connected about upcoming enrichment activities for your children via their once-a-month e-mail newsletter sharing upcoming events.  View additional details on the Enrich Columbus Web site.

Seminars for Parents of Gifted Students
During two seminars at Olentangy, Susan Rakow, Ph.D. presented information and strategies for parents of gifted children. The information shared with parents at the October and January presentations is available at the links below.  Dr. Rakow is scheduled to speak in Olentangy for a third time on Monday, March 23, 2015.

January 2015
Olentangy Parents Young Gifted Students
Olentangy Parents of Older Students and Teens

October 2014
Olentangy Young Children
Olentangy Teens and Children
Olentangy Parents Young Gifted Students
Olentangy Parents of Older Students and Teens

SENG Model Parent Discussion Group
Registration is now open for the spring parent group.  Parenting a gifted child comes with unique joys and challenges. During this eight week group, for two hours each week you will have an opportunity to talk with other parents of gifted children. Discussion topics include:
•    Characteristics, Identification, and Identity Formation
•    Communication
•    Motivation and Underachievement
•    Discipline and Self-Management
•    Depression, Anxiety, Perfectionism
•    Acquaintances, Peers, and Bullying
•    Family Relationships
•    Values, Traditions, Parenting, Media, and Talent

For additional details and registration information, view the 2015 Spring SENG Model Parent Discussion Group flier.

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2014 Gifted Services Program Survey Results
In January 2014, we conducted a parent survey regarding many aspects of gifted programming within the district. The survey went out to over 7,000 parents of children who have one or more areas of gifted identification, and 957 responses were collected. Parents of gifted learners were asked a variety of questions to gauge understanding of identification procedures, district services, and communication. Click the image link to review a snapshot of these results.