High Ability Program FAQ

Q: What differences will you find in an HA self-contained class compared to the general class?

A:  The following is a list of differences that you will find in our classroom:

  • Instruction is provided at a quicker pace with less repetition, particularly in Math.
  • Students have unique opportunities to explore topics such as Rubik’s Cubes, Pi Day and Rube Goldberg contraptions.
  • Emphasis is put on presentations with numerous opportunities for students to present work to the class.
  • Independent learning opportunities are provided.

Q: When is a child identified as High Ability?

A: Students can be identified as early as Kindergarten and continues throughout a student’s schooling.

Q: Will my child have to take any assessments to be identified as High Ability?

A:  Yes, there are a series of assessments that students take.  The identification process is done starting in September and runs through May.  More information can be found on the Identification Process page, or click here.

Q: What options are available for my child if they are identified as HA but do not want to move to the HA self-contained classroom?

A: If a child has been identified as High Ability, that student will receive differentiated instruction within the classroom.

Q. Once my child has been identified, will they have to go through the identification process every year?

A. No, the identification does not need to be renewed.

Q. How will I know if my child has been identified as HA?

A.  Parents will receive notification through the mail.

Q.  Can I appeal the decision if they are not placed or identified?

A.  Yes, the appeal process is outlined in the Appeals Process (here and here).