In accordance with the belief that all children are entitled to an education commensurate with their particular needs, students who can exceed the grade-level indicators and benchmarks set forth in the standards must be afforded the opportunity and be encouraged to do so.
The Olentangy Board of Education believes that such students often require access to advanced curriculum in order to realize their potential contribution to themselves and society.
All children learn and experience success given time and opportunity, but the degree to which academic content standards are met and the time it takes to reach the standards will vary from student to student. The Olentangy Board of Education believes that all students, including advanced learners, should be challenged and supported to reach their full potential. For many advanced learners, this can best be achieved by affording them access to curriculum, learning environments and instructional interventions more commonly provided to older peers.
The Olentangy Acceleration Policy provides students with opportunities for possible accelerated placement through early admission to kindergarten, individual subject acceleration, whole-grade acceleration and early graduation from high school. A teacher, administrator, gifted education specialist, guidance counselor, school psychologist or a parent or legal guardian of the student may submit referrals for possible accelerated placement to the school principal. A student may refer himself, herself or a peer through a district staff member who has knowledge of the abilities of the student.
Copies of referral forms for evaluation for possible early entrance, whole-grade acceleration and individual subject acceleration are available to district staff and parents at each school building.
A parent or legal guardian of the referred student may appeal in writing the decision of the evaluation committee to the local Superintendent within thirty days of being notified of the committee’s decision. The Superintendent shall review the appeal and notify the parent or legal guardian who filed the appeal of his or her final decision within thirty days of receiving the appeal. The Superintendent’s decision shall be final. However, the student may be referred and evaluated again at the next available opportunity if he or she is again referred for evaluation by an individual eligible to make referrals as described in this policy.