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