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High Ability

Mission:  The purpose of Southern Hancock Schools is to develop in each student the capacity to think, reason, and use his or her mind well, and to ensure each student develops understandings, skills, and habits of mind. Southern Hancock recognizes that some students perform at or show potential for performing at an outstanding academic level. These students exist in grades K-12 and come from all socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

Definition of High Ability:

The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify high ability students, K-12, and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction. The state defines a high ability (gifted) 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.” 

Southern Hancock recognizes that high ability learners have unique needs; socially, emotionally, and academically.
  • At the elementary level, the classroom teacher serves as the primary provider of counseling and guidance services to the student.  Issues unique to high ability students are addressed individually and/or in activities for their cluster groups.  The services of the school social worker and other trained personnel can be accessed as needed.  Sources of additional information that might be helpful to parents of high ability learners are shared as appropriate.
  • At the secondary level, a trained guidance counselor enhances the services provided in addition to their classroom teachers.  Counseling is directed at college and career opportunities and choices as well as academic options during the high school years such as Advanced Placement, dual credit, etc.  Social and emotional issues are addressed on an individual or group basis as appropriate and referrals to specialized school services personnel and community resources as needed.


Our broad based planning committee (BBPC) is comprised of various faculty, parents, and administrators.  This group of high ability stakeholders will help guide our high ability curriculum for the district.