Shaker Heights Schools currently offers a robust International Baccalaureate-aligned curriculum at all grade levels. The District’s acceleration policy includes whole-grade acceleration, individual subject acceleration, early admission to kindergarten and early high school graduation. (Policy IKEB)
As a best practice, the District is continuously evaluating its gifted programming.
During the 2022-23 school year, Shaker Heights Schools will offer formal gifted services to students identified as gifted in the areas of superior cognition, creative thinking, reading/writing and mathematics in grades 3-8. Students will receive services in an inclusive cluster grouping model. A cluster group is a group of identified gifted students who are purposefully clustered together in the classroom of a teacher who has licensure or endorsement or specialized training in gifted education. The other students in that class are of mixed ability. Teachers will also receive support from the Gifted Coordinator and Gifted Intervention Specialists through periodic co-teaching, co-planning, and consultation. Students receiving gifted services will receive a Written Education Plan (WEP) outlining the description of the services to be provided. Additional information regarding the formal gifted education services that will be provided during the 2022-23 school year is available here.