• Major Work Program

    Overview of the Gifted Education Program in CMSD

    The Gifted Education Program in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District consists of the‘Major Work’ Program, currently in grades 2-6, the Honors Program in grades 7 and 8, and the AP Program at the high school level. There are five schools that service gifted identified children in a self-contained, single-classroom setting. The Advanced Placement (AP) courses vary amongst high schools. Gifted Pull-out Resource Rooms servicing gifted identified children are offered at fifteen of the District’s Schools in grades 2-5 (and gr. 6 in select schools).

    Entrance into the ‘Major Work’ Program is based upon a 95th percentile score in the National Range on a standardized assessment on the Ohio Department of Education approved list of testing instruments. A Full Scale IQ Score of 128 or above on a standardized test of cognitive ability is also used for gifted identification. Applications are also accepted from building administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, parents, and the students themselves. However, the student must still meet the required score to be considered for gifted programming. To request an application, visit our Gifted Education Website and download the form or please call (216) 838-0131.

    All teachers teaching in gifted classrooms grades 2-6 are licensed in gifted education. Teachers in grades 7-12 hold their gifted endorsement and/or highly qualified in the content area in which they teach.

    Children in the gifted program follow the same grade level content standards as their general education peers. However, there are components to the gifted program that differ. Students engage in Research Talks, Weekly Forums, Experiential Learning, and Literature Club.  They participate in programs such as Shared Inquiry through Junior Great Books, Dr. Sandra Kaplan's Depth and Complexity Model, Zaccaro tiered math units, S.O.L.E. (cooperative learning), and more.

    In order to maintain academic rigor and the social-emotional well-being of our gifted children, parent involvement is a major component of our program.  Parents are welcome to schedule a visit to their child's gifted classroom and to participate in any school or classroom celebrations.

    Directory of ‘Major Work’ Schools


    Self-Contained Schools - Grades 2-6, Honors courses Grades 7-8

    • Benjamin Franklin
    • Garfield
    • Riverside
    • Wade Park
    • Whitney Young

    Pull-Out Resource Programs - Grades 2-5 (gr. 6 in select schools)

    • Buhrer Dual Language School (West)
    • Campus International IB Program (East):
    • Dike School of Arts Lower Campus (East)
    • Douglas MacArthur Girls’ Leadership Academy (West)
    • Louisa May Alcott School (West)
    • Luis Munoz Marin (West)
    • Newton D. Baker Arts School (West)
    • Oliver Hazard Perry (East)
    • Paul L. Dunbar School (West)
    • Robinson G. Jones (West)
    • Tremont Montessori (West)
    • Valley View Boy’s Leadership Academy (West)
    • Walton (West)
    • Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy (East)
    • William Cullen Bryant School (West)
    HIGH SCHOOLS, Grades 9-12

    (Gifted Coded Students feed into these High Schools unless they apply to another special program or thematic school):

    • Collinwood
    • East Tech
    • Glenville
    • James F. Rhodes
    • John Marshall
    • Whitney Young

    Advanced Placement Program

    AP courses are either in-class or on-line. 
    Please consult with the Principal or Guidance Counselor of the individual school for a complete listing of AP courses offered.

    • Cleveland School of Architecture and Design at John Hay Campus
    • Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, John Hay Campus
    • Cleveland School Early College, John Hay Campus
    • Cleveland School of the Arts
    • Collinwood
    • Design Lab Early College @ Health Careers
    • East Tech
    • Garrett Morgan School of Science
    • Glenville
    • James F. Rhodes
    • Jane Addams
    • John Adams
    • John F. Kennedy
    • John Marshall
    • Lincoln West
    • Max Hayes
    • New Tech @ Max Hayes
    • Washington Park
    • Whitney Young