Topic outline

  • General

    Van Buren School District provides a continuum of services to nurture exceptional abilities.  

    • Elementary Gifted Programs and Service Options

       Van Buren serves elementary students in grades 4th and 5th who are identified gifted in the areas  of Language Arts, Math, and Superior Cognitive through the VANTAGE (Van Buren's Talented and  Gifted Education) Program.  Students identified gifted in Math and/or Language Arts are placed in  the VANTAGE resource classroom and served by a licensed gifted intervention specialist.  Specific  classes include advanced 4th and 5th grade math, advanced 4th and 5th grade reading, and  enrichment mods.  

       Students identified gifted in Art and Music are served during intervention time by the elementary  music and art teacher with support from Van Buren's gifted coordinator.    

       A WEP (Written Education Plan) will be completed for any child that receives gifted service within  their area of gifted identification.  

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      Hancock Gifted United:  The Hancock Gifted United program was created in 2010 to allow fifth grade gifted students from Hancock County to come together to use their intellect and creativity in positive ways.  The purpose of this program is for gifted students to learn from each other and foster relationships through interacting with their intellectual peers.  This program was funded by the Community Foundation in 2010 and 2011.  The program is now funded through the combined efforts of participating school districts and the Hancock County Educational Service Center.  Students will be allowed the opportunity to meet four times during the school year.  

      • Middle School Gifted Programs and Service Options

         Van Buren serves middle school students who are identified gifted in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Superior Cognitive through advanced classes, credit flex, and college credit plus.

        There are opportunities for eighth grade students to earn high school credit.  Algebra 1 and physical science are offered as accelerated courses during the eighth grade year.  Eighth grade students also have the opportunity to take the first level of high school world language (Spanish 1, French 1, Mandarin Chinese 1).

        A WEP (Written Education Plan) will be completed for any child that receives gifted service within their area of gifted identification.   

        • High School Gifted Programs and Service Options

          Van Buren serves gifted student identified in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Superior Cognitive through advanced/honors classes, credit flex, and college credit plus. 

          Students identified gifted in Art and Music are served through advanced classes (ex. Varsity Choir, Art IV) Credit Flex, and College Credit Plus.

          A WEP (Written Education Plan) will be completed for any child that receives gifted service within their area of gifted identification.  

          • College Credit Plus (CCP)

            Ohio's College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities.  The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students.  Taking a college course from a public college or university College Credit Plus is free.  That means no cost for tuition, books or fees if you attend public school in the state of Ohio.  To find more information on Van Buren's CCP program please see the High School Guidance page.