High Ability Program

High Ability Student Definition

A student with high abilities (HA) as defined by Indiana Code (IC) 20-36-1-3 is a student 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.

High Ability Learning Plan (HALP)

The High Ability Learning Plan (HALP) is a document tool which outlines instructional supports for identified high ability students and is used as a guide for educational planning and decision-making. Goshen’s HALP is developed for every high ability student according to the student’s determined area(s) of high ability, interests, and academic and affective needs. The HALP is a collaborative effort between parent(s)/guardian(s), the student, and school personnel. It includes academic achievement and affective goals reflecting the development of a child’s personal, social, communication, leadership, and/or cultural competencies.