At Wawasee Community Schools we believe that every student has the right to develop his or her talents to their fullest potential. The school community recognizes that the needs of high ability students differ from other students in their rate of learning, capacity for in-depth learning, and need for diversity. High Ability students come from all cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Therefore, these students need to be provided with an environment that is both stimulating and challenging and that is able to accommodate their diverse abilities. The goal of Wawasee Community Schools is to develop students’ academic, social, technological, and artistic skills so that they will be productive, responsible citizens. Our High Ability program does this through the following:
Defintion of High Ability at Wawasee Schools
Public Law 221 says that Strategic and Continuous School Improvement and Achievement Plans “must address the learning needs of all students, including programs and services for exceptional learners.” IC 20-31-5.
At Wawasee Community Schools a high ability student is one who performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, an outstanding level of accomplishment in one or more academic domains when compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment.
The goals of the high ability program for Wawasee Community Schools will recognize the academic and social needs of the high ability student. To do so, we will:
Students who are identified high ability are served through differentiation of the curriculum in the regular classroom with support from the high ability coordinator.
Mathematics instruction is differentiated by using testing information to determine strengths and weaknesses so instruction and pace can be matched to students' needs. The Accelerated Math program allows students to advance at their own level.
Differentiated curriculum is used in reading instruction as well. In Reading Workshop, students are taught reading and comprehension strategies and these skills are further developed at their own instructional level. Small reading groups are determined by reading level and instructional need. Students are also challenged in their independent reading.
Writing Workshop allows students to write and then confer with the teacher to enhance their writing skills.
High Ability students continue to be challenged in middle school courses. Advanced language arts classes compact the regular curriculum so additional time can be spent on vocabulary building, critical thinking, problem solving, writing, and researching.
The math classes are accelerated one grade level with pre-algebra in seventh grade and high school algebra in eighth grade. Algebra may be offered in seventh grade and honors geometry in eighth grade for double accelerated students. In addition, other disciplines use differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the high ability student.
Wawasee High School offers a variety of Honors classes, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and dual credit courses (ACP).
9th grade English Honors
10th grade English Honors
11th grade English Honors
IU ACP English W131 & A202
Geometry -- Honors
Algebra II -- Honors
Pre-Calculus -- Honors
Calculus -- AP
Biology I -- Honors
Acceleration to Chemistry and Physics
Biology II -- AP
Chemistry II -- AP
Physics II -- AP
World History and Civilization -- AP
U.S. History -- AP
Economics -- AP
Spanish -- AP