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Gifted and Exceptional Programs

CPS offers gifted programming at two schools — Cincinnati Gifted Academy West at Cheviot School and Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students.

More information on CPS' Gifted Education 

Cincinnati Gifted Academy West at Cheviot School  

Gifted and Exceptional | Cheviot School

Gifted and exceptional students in grades 3–6 will blossom in Cheviot School's Gifted Academy, a rigorous environment that is flexible enough to meet individual learning needs. Teachers design learning experiences to be academically challenging, while stimulating personal growth and encouraging students to contribute to the community. The goal is to develop the "whole child," and education is complemented by instruction in arts enrichment and Latin to prepare students to excel in the Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) available at Walnut Hills High School.

Program Benefits

  • Teachers who are certified as specialists to instruct gifted students
  • Instruction differentiated within the classroom to allow students to excel at their own pace
  • Technology infused into the classroom to enrich and accelerate learning
  • Problem-based learning experiences that keep students engaged and demonstrate real-world application
  • Field trips and guests that provide enrichment opportunities

Gifted Eligibility

Students eligible for Cincinnati Gifted Academy West have the following gifted markers:

  • Rank at the Superior Cognitive level on a cognitive abilities test
    OR
  • Score at the 95th percentile or higher in two of the following subjects on the Terra Nova or other standardized achievement test: Reading, Math, Social Studies or Science. One of the two subjects must be either Math or Reading.

Exceptional Eligibility

  • Scores at or above the 85th percentile on the Iowa/TerraNova Reading test,
    OR
  • Scores at or above the 85th percentile on the Mathematics section of the Iowa/TerraNova test; in addition to scoring no lower than the 60th percentile on the Reading section of the Iowa/TerraNova test
    OR
  • Scores at 123 or above on the Inview Cognitive Skills Index,
    OR
  • Scores at 123 or above on the CogAT Student-Aged Score (SAS).

Qualification for entrance to Cincinnati Gifted Academy West is based on second-grade scores on state-approved assessments. 

More information about gifted and exceptional eligibility — CPS' Test Administration Office: (513) 363-0180

More information about Cincinnati Gifted Academy West: (513) 363-0567

The Cheviot School Advantage

  • Small class sizes and individualized attention
  • Highly qualified, caring teachers with advanced degrees
  • All-day preschool and kindergarten classes
  • Free breakfast program for all students
  • Robust before- and after-school program that offers music, dance, culture club, tutoring, homework assistance, field trips, tennis, special events and more
  • Free tutoring provided by teachers and community partners both during and after school
  • Regular art, music and physical education classes for all students
  • A uniform policy for all students
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts programs
  • A Walking School Bus to get students to and from school safely each day
  • School wellness programs that promote healthy eating, ample exercise and strong character
  • A full-time Resource Coordinator who secures partners that provide a wealth of mental, cognitive and character supports to help students succeed
  • Leadership clubs and opportunities for all students, preschool to 6th grade
  • Girls and Boys soccer for grades 3–6
  • Chess Club for all students in grades 2, 3, 4

Enroll your child in Cheviot School: (513) 363-1400

Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students 

Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students | Preparing Students for Life

Who Can Attend the Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students?

Students currently attending Cincinnati Public Schools, as well as those in charter or non-public schools located within the district, are eligible to apply as long as they meet eligibility requirements:

For Gifted Students (grades 3–12)

  • Rank at the Superior Cognitive level on a cognitive abilities test,
     OR
  • Score at the 95th percentile or higher in two of the following subjects on the Iowa Test or other standardized achievement test: Reading, Math, Social Studies or Science. One of the two subjects must be either Math or Reading.

For Exceptional Students (grades 3–12)

  • Scores at or above the 85th percentile on the Iowa/TerraNova Reading test,
    OR
  • Scores at or above the 85th percentile on the Mathematics section of the Iowa/TerraNova test; in addition to scoring no lower than the 60th percentile on the Reading section of the Iowa/TerraNova test
    OR
  • Scores at 123 or above on the Inview Cognitive Skills Index,
    OR
  • Scores at 123 or above on the CogAT Student-Aged Score (SAS).

Information

  • For information on eligibility and application process, please call Spencer Center: (513) 363-5800

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