Gifted and Talented



The Gifted Education Department aims to help students realize and reach their full potential while making learning an enjoyable and challenging experience.


Students develop:

  • Critical and creative thinking processes
  • Research and independent study skills
  • Presentation skills

Gifted services currently begin in third-grade mathematics. Students identified as gifted may be served in areas of reading, mathematics, and creativity.


APS screens students for the area of giftedness in both second and fourth(whole grade). MAP testing in reading and mathematics that is administered two times a year may also be used for gifted identification. Akron Public Schools offers referral testing twice a year. Please click on this form for dates, times, and locations of referral testing.


Gifted and Talented Referral Form (Spring and Fall)

Gifted Identification Service Delivery Plan

Request for Grade/Subject Acceleration review

Resources for parents of gifted students

Ohio Association of Gifted Children


For additional information, contact:

Diane Gearhart

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