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High Ability

The MSD of Pike Township is committed to meeting the needs, abilities and interests of its academically gifted students.  Through trained professional teachers and a qualitatively different approach to learning, the HA Program is dedicated to offering the best possible program to its High Ability Program participants.
The High Ability Program of the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township seeks to provide our most academically talented students with developmentally appropriate, enriched and accelerated experiences to actively engage them in learning. The richly differentiated curriculum is well integrated and solidly based on tenets of critical thinking. The development of critical thinking is the basis of all learning. The ability to think critically is imperative to prepare students to acquire the skills and the mindset to be life-long learners and to accept the challenges and the responsibilities of a global society.
Programs are offered at Guion Creek Elementary in grades 1-5, Eagle Creek Elementary in grades 1-5, Fishback Creek Public Academy in grade 1,2 and 3 for the 2012-2013 school year,  Guion Creek Middle School in grades 6-8, Lincoln Middle School in grades 6-8, New Augusta North in grades 6-8 and Pike High School through Honors in grades 9 and 10 and through the IB Programme in grades 11 and 12.
Testing for High Ability placement occurs the year prior to placement in the program. For a complete testing schedule, contact your child's schools in the fall. Students moving into Pike from another district's HA Program will be required to submit test scores and grades for consideration for a Pike HA placement. In addition, new students may be required to take further testing.   Families who reside in Pike Township but attend a non-public school and are interested in testing for the High Ability Program in Pike will need to contact Lori O'Malley at 317-387-2216 or email at for testing information and dates.

For more information regarding the HA Program or the identification process call the office of the Director of Curriculum and Instruction K-12 at 387-2216.
Effective July 1, 2007, Indiana schools shall identify students with high ability in the general intellectual and specific academic domains and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction in core content areas, K-12 (refer to IC-20-36-2-2).

The Indiana Code defines a student with high abilities as one who:

1. 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:

2. is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interests (IC 20-36-1-3).

Cluster Grouping 
Cluster grouping is a method of organizing a heterogeneous grade level by purposefully placing academically talented students with similar abilities in classrooms so that they may be provided with a more rigorous and differentiated instruction program. Cluster grouping classrooms will offer instruction with a peer group of students who have similar abilities and talents within a general education classroom setting. Comparable to, but not synonymous with the Honors Program at the middle school, students will benefit from opportunities that enrich and challenge them throughout their elementary school experience. High Abilities testing data will determine students that qualify for Cluster Classroom placement. 

Cluster Identification
Student data will be used to identify students for Cluster classrooms and HA classrooms.

Students interested in a self-contained High Ability or Cluster classroom must qualify for and participate in additional testing every year

A formal identification process will be used to select students for both the HA and Cluster grouping

High Ability Handbook





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 TESTING for the 2013-2014 school year will begin October 7 - October 23, 2013.  

Power Point Presentation - Parent Information Meeting, February 19, 2014 HA Parent Presentation 13-14.pdfHA Parent Presentation 13-14.pdf




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