• State College Area School District Gifted Support Services

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    The State College Area School District provides challenging learning experiences for all students that build on their individual strengths and optimize their abilities. Gifted and Learning Enrichment services, in concert with SCASD's core program, ensure that the district supports the development of advanced learners to achieve their potential as students and individuals.


    Gifted Support

    The State College Area School District engages in a number of formal processes to identify potential candidates for gifted education services. All students in grade 4 are universally screened each school year. A cognitive screener, CogAT in combination with common, standardized grade-level assessments in reading and math are used as initial indicators to identify students who may be in need of specially designed instruction. 

    In addition to the screening process described above, students in any grade level may be referred for a Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation (GMDE) by teachers and/or parents. A Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (GMDT) determines the appropriateness of placement in Gifted Support. If Gifted Support services are recommended, the parents and student will be invited to participate in a program planning meeting where a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) will be developed. 

    For more information about SCASD Gifted Support, please contact your child’s building principal or Director of Gifted Services, Jonathan Klingeman at jtk21@scasd.org.


    Universal Screening Email to Parents for Webinar

    As part of a state-required universal screening for gifted education, the State College Area School District recently completed screening all students in third grade, including those already identified for special education programming. 

    In order to better explain our screening process and requirements for gifted services, you are invited to an optional webinar to listen to and learn about our processes.

    The webinar will take place at 7:00 pm on February 10, 2022. If you are interested in attending, please register by clicking here.

    Following the webinar, you should be receiving an email with the data collected and reviewed by our school teams on or around Friday, February 11, 2022. 

    If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Gifted Services, please visit our website or feel free to contact us.




Last Modified on January 31, 2022