• Gifted Services by Program/Grade


    Students that meet gifted criteria in any of the CMSD public schools are invited to the gifted school nearest to their home address.  There are 5 gifted self-contained schools:  Benjamin Franklin, James A. Garfield, Riverside, Wade Park and Whitney Young.

    Self-contained classrooms are in grades 2-6 with a licensed Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) teaching gifted identified students according to state criteria.


    Same 5 schools as our self-contained program:  Benjamin Franklin, Garfield, Riverside, Wade Park and Whitney Young Leadership Academy.

    Gifted students in grades 7 and 8 are serviced in a gifted cluster group model with general education students taught by a general education teacher certified in the content area in which he/she teaches.

    If a student has not attained gifted status in grades 2-6, they can still participate in the 7th and 8th grade cluster group setting by earning ‘Honors’ status.  To earn ‘Honors’ status, a student must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher in all four major subject areas and must have scored 90% or higher on standardized testing that is currently used by the District and must be approved by the State of Ohio.  All students requesting 'Honors' status must be approved by the Principal of that building.

    7th and 8th grade gifted and honors students work toward high school credits in Math, Science, Social Studies, and/or Language. The 7th graders take 8th grade Math, Science, Social Studies, and/or Language. The 8th graders take 9th grade Math, Science, Social Studies, and/or Language.  These courses are offered at select schools.

    5 schools with self-contained classrooms or cluster groups:

    Benjamin Franklin School

    James A. Garfield School

    Riverside School

    Wade Park School

    Whitney Young Leadership Academy


    Pull Out Resource Room opportunities for grades 2-5 (and gr. 6 in select schools).



    Advanced Placement (AP) coursework is offered in ALL area high schools; AP courses vary per school; teachers are AP College Board accredited.

    Early College Programs including Bard Early College, Design Lab Early College at Health Careers, Lincoln West, John Marshall,  and Cleveland Early College at John Hay. 

    All district students can be eligible for single-subject or whole-grade acceleration (not just gifted identified students). Whole-grade Acceleration is determined by use of the IOWA Acceleration Scales assessment process.

    Early Entrance to Kindergarten testing is done through the Office of Psychological Services using the IOWA Acceleration Scales guidelines. Referrals are made to the Gifted Coordinator of the Office of Gifted Education using the Early Entrance to Kindergarten referral form posted on the CMSD website.

    Students identified as ‘Twice Exceptional’ have an IEP and a WEP and are included in the self-contained gt room, gifted cluster, or gifted pull-out resource room.