High Ability Learners

High Ability Learner Plan




District Philosophy

Hastings Board of Education Policy 605.03 states: “The District is committed to an educational program that recognizes, identifies, and serves the unique needs of high-ability learners. High-ability learners are those who have been identified as having high performance capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, or artistic capacity or in specific fields and who require accelerated or differentiated curriculum programs in order to develop those capabilities fully.”

Operational Definitions of the High Ability Learner

High Ability Learner means a student who gives evidence of high performance capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who requires services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to develop those capabilities fully. The primary focus of programming for the Hastings Public Schools is directed at specific academic and intellectual high ability.

Goals and Objectives

The Hastings Public Schools recognizes that High Ability Learners have exceptional needs. These students have a need for learning experiences that are consistent with their ability levels and learning characteristics. The district will make available to High Ability Students a variety of learning experiences. Present objectives are as follows:

  1. Implement procedures to increase two-way communications with staff and parents.
  2. Review and modify current identification model that includes multiple criteria for the High Ability Learner.
  3. Design classroom experiences that will nurture gifts and talents through appropriate opportunities to challenge potentially high ability learners.
  4. Develop differentiated instructional strategies that combine curriculum content, learning styles, and appropriate pacing.
  5. Design staff development plans to be an ongoing part of the program.
  6. Students will develop a positive self-concept through a caring environment where each student is valued as an individual.
  7. Allow students to learn and interact with other students of similar ability.
  8. Students will develop critical and creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  9. Help students understand and use their unique abilities through varied options.
  10. Students will develop the attitudes and skills needed for independent study and learning.