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High Ability Education Westville Schools

Our mission is to find all students with high abilities and provide advanced curriculum and instruction.

Westville Schools has 5 teachers and 1 administrator with their High Ability Licensures.

Identification Process
Students are identified using the following process in Language Arts, Math, and General Intellect: Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, all students in Kindergarten, Second, Fifth, and Eighth grades will take the CoGat Test to find potential high ability students. The CoGat is a group-administered assessment intended to estimate students' learned reasoning and problem solving abilities through a battery of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal test items.

All students in grades K-10 also are assessed 3 times a year with the NWEA assessment in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies as an achievement test. In addition, teachers can use Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) to form their recommendations for high ability students.

Programs for High Ability Students:

• High Ability students are grouped together for instruction differentiated for at least 200 minutes a week in English/Language Arts and Math.

• Brain Boosters (Grades 1-3): Meets after school once a month from September - May from 2:35-4:00. Students meet monthly and participate in challenging activities that focus on each of the multiple intelligences.

• Challenger Space Mission (Grade 5th-6th): Alternates yearly to Rendezvous with a Comet (spring) or Mission to Mars (Fall). Simulated Space Mission at Purdue Calumet. Students use STEM activities to have a successful mission. Students also participate in a Science Lab: Rocketry or Life on Mars. Students meet after school for several dates to prepare for their mission.

• Econ Challenge (11th-12th grades): Students participate in a competition held at Indiana University Northwest for an Economic competition.

• Name That Book Reading Competition (Grade 6): Students compete with several La Porte County schools sponsored by the La Porte County Library. Students meet before school several dates in the fall to prepare for their competition.

• Science Olympiad Competition (Grades 6th-12th): Students meet on a regular basis to practice for their competitions. Science Olympiad is a middle school and high school team competition in which students compete in 'events' pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

• Westville Reads Book Club (3 Groups, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-12th): Meets after school once a month from September - April from 2:35-3:45 and has a culminating activity in May at Barnes and Noble in Valparaiso, IN. Students read a higher-level book and meet to discuss the book.