Gifted & Talented

SMCSC High Ability Program



South Madison Community School Corporation assists High Ability students in reaching their greatest potential by providing stimulating and challenging opportunities. Administrators, teachers, and counselors will work with parents and students to promote awareness of the unique needs.



South Madison Community School Corporation defines a high ability student as one who "performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain when compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment; and is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interests" (Indiana Code 20-36-1-3).

High Ability Identification & Placement (Grades K-6) 

To access the SMCSC High Ability Handbook, click here.


SMCSC High Ability Services Description


Who will be served?

All K-12 students who have been identified as high ability in General Intellectual Ability, Language Arts, or Mathematics

How will students be identified?




Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Orleans-Hannah Algebra Readiness Test

What types of services will be offered?


- High Ability Clusters

-   Differentiation and flexible grouping


-   Multi-age, multi-grade, self-contained High Ability classroom


-   High Ability/Honors Language Arts

-   High Ability Pre-Algebra I


-   High Ability/Honors Language Arts

-   High Ability Algebra I

-   High Ability Science


-    Honors, Pre-AP, AP, and Dual Credit courses

-   Advanced choir

-   Advanced Band/Wind Ensemble

Who is responsible for implementation?

Classroom teacher

Identified High Ability/REACH teacher


District High Ability Coordinator

BBPC – Broad-Based Planning Committee

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

Building Principal/Assistant Principal

District High Ability Coordinator – Valerie Steger