Honors Program: Typically, students considered high
achievers, but did not meet the criteria of high ability are enrolled in the
honors class. These classes are for
students who are schedule-driven and task-oriented. Honors students do what is asked of them just
as they are asked to do it. The level of
difficulty and pace of the program is less advanced than the gifted and
At the middle school, students are identified for high ability in biology, math, language arts, or general intellectual (both math and language arts). A combination of the following criteria may be used to identify our high ability students:
Once students are identified, the students are provided with differentiated instruction in either an honors level course or a Gifted and Talented (GT) course.
After final placement is determined for students in the fall, only a teacher may nominate a student for movement into a high ability class during the school year. The Honors Committee will then review the student’s placement.
New students will be considered at the
time of enrollment pending information from their previous school, teacher
observations, and data collected. Students must meet local criteria for program
placement. Identification for program services at a prior school does not
automatically qualify the student for services at Duneland School Corporation.
Students who have been nominated for high
ability by a parent/guardian, teacher, or are currently in a high ability class
in 6th and 7th grade will be evaluated for high ability
placement in 7th and 8th grade, respectively. Parents/guardians
of students who have been nominated and evaluated will receive notification
once placement decisions are made, stating the student’s placement in general,
Honors and/or Gifted and Talented (GT) courses for the upcoming school year.
Parents/Guardians of a child who requests reevaluation of their child’s eligibility must submit in writing an appeal form stating the reasons they believe their child should receive high ability services. At the middle school level, all appeals can be submitted to the CMS High Ability Committee. CMS will accept appeals by the Friday before the first day of school. The High Ability Committee typically meets on the Monday or Tuesday prior to school starting. After review by the High Ability Committee, the guidance department will inform the parent/guardian of its decision. Appeal forms are available on the Duneland School Corporation Website.