Orange Earns Award from Ohio Association for Gifted Children
The Orange City School District has earned the “Promising Practice School District” award presented by the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC). This award is given each year to the district that "demonstrates a commitment to providing a comprehensive, appropriate education for gifted students through policy andpractice and/or demonstrates a creative approach to gifted education and issues."
"This is quite an honor for our department and the leaders in our District who have always advocated with us as we design appropriate and challenging opportunities for our children,” stated Beth Wilson-Fish, Orange Schools’ Coordinator of Gifted Education. “We especially want to recognize [Orange Schools Superintendent Dr. Nancy Wingenbach] for her constant support of gifted students in Orange throughout her tenure here in our District.”
The Orange City Schools gifted program has had a long history of providing appropriate learning experiences in flexible settings for gifted students. Curriculum is designed to challenge each student by incorporating creative problem solving; oral, written and artistic expression; research, and critical and divergent thinking. In addition, professional development opportunities are available to staff members to provide support and strategies to meet the needs of a diverse gifted population. Finally, Orange Parents and Educators for Gifted Students (OPEGS) encourages parent and community support for gifted learners.
The District offers a variety of gifted service options at various grade levels. Moreland Hills School offersproject-based work integrating a variety of subject areas; student-based interests incorporating research, technology integration and collaboration; service-based learning opportunities; and focus on affective learning.
Brady Middle School offers a choice of courses based on topics of interest; engagement in extensions and interdisciplinary connections related to language arts, math, technology, science, critical thinking, social studies and the arts; and emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills with science content directly aligned to national and state standards. Orange High School offers 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, 23 Honors courses, a career exploration program- onsite research trips, shadowing, internships and mentorships; collaboration and co-teaching to enhance the curriculum; and independent study opportunities- Service Learning, Creative Writing, and Future Problem Solving.