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Gifted Services

Contact Information
Caroline Ferguson     Gifted Services
Phone:   937.743.8601 ext. 1459


The Franklin City School Board, administration, and staff believe the purpose of education is to facilitate the development of the potential of each student. Therefore it is our goal to focus on intellectual, academic, and creative aspects of learning. Students are involved in critical thinking, Bloom’s higher level activities, and creative problem solving. Within their regular classroom they are provided with differentiated content/process/product and other enrichment activities based on their ability and needs. (For more information, click on the district policy and plan below. Copies available at each school office.)

FCS District Policy and Plan

 Referral & Identification

School districts are required to identify students who are gifted. They may be identified in one or more of the four areas:

  • Cognitive (overall intelligence)

  • Specific Academics (Reading, Math, Science, or Social Studies)

  • Creative Thinking Ability

  • Visual and Performing Arts (Art, Music, Dance, or Drama)


Part of the process of identification includes referrals for gifted testing. In order to refer a student, please pick up and complete a “Referral Form---Permission for Assessment of Gifted Identification”. (Forms may be found at each school building in the front office). This form gives the district permission to assess your child for possible identification. Please return the completed referral form to either:

  • your child’s teacher

  • the building secretary

  • Gifted Services at Hampton Bennett



Guiding our gifted services is the district’s Gifted & Advanced Learning Committee. This committee is made up of teacher representatives, who along with the Gifted Coordinator, work with regular classroom teachers in dealing with gifted needs and issues within their building. We also use the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework to monitor and gather data of our gifted students in order to provide appropriate enrichment and challenge. This may be addressed through wide-range groups, targeted subgroups, individualized modifications in curriculum, and first-hand investigative opportunities. For those students who demonstrate higher level performance, we provide options for curriculum compacting and acceleration. (For more information concerning Early Entrance, Subject Grade, or Early Graduation, please see the acceleration policy and procedure below. Copies also available at each school office.)

Acceleration Policy and Procedure


Gifted Services currently provided to our gifted students:
K-6th      Regular classroom setting for academics
    Written Education Plan (WEP)
7th/8th   Gifted & Advanced English Language Arts (ELA)
    Cluster-grouped with a Cognitive, Creativity, or Reading identification
    Written Education Plan (WEP) 
 9th-12th      Honors English
    Cluster-grouped with a Cognitive, Creativity, or Reading identification
    Written Education Plan (WEP) 
(Early Entrance, Subject,
Grade, Early Graduation),
cluster grouping
  College Credit Plus

Other advanced opportunities for identified students include:
7th/8th     Advanced Math
    Foreign Language (French or Spanish)
9th-12th   Honors
    Advanced Placement classes (AP)
    College Credit Plus


It is the desire of Franklin City Schools to promote maximum individual opportunities for our students, to develop and grow potential, to cultivate skills in critical thinking as well as creativity, and to supply each student with the tools to be productive citizens.

Please be aware at this time, it is required by law that school districts must provide opportunities to identify children as gifted. However, districts are not required to provide gifted services.