Student Identification


Lake Ridge New Tech Schools defines High Ability students as children with outstanding abilities who perform at or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other students of the same age, experience, or environment. Students can be high ability in language arts, mathematics, or general intellectual abilities. IC 20-19.15.1-2

High Ability Identification

Selection Procedures

Assessment measures may include, but are not limited to:

  • CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)
  • PSAT/AP Potential Tool
  • NWEA
  • Teacher Rating Scale
  • Student Work Portfolios
  • Student Reading Levels

Testing may be requested for students in any grade. Students in grades 1 and up will be tested in the fall semester. Kindergarten students are tested in the spring semester.

Transfer Policy

Lake Ridge New Tech Schools will consider scores on comparable tests completed at other schools or from a psychologist. Identification committee will discuss scores and acceptability for admission into the high ability program. If additional testing is needed, the identification committee will make that decision. Parent/Guardian may be requested to submit additional information/testing records to complete the transfer request. 

High Ability Service Options

Elementary and Middle Grades

  • Service options for students identified as having high ability – general intellectual: Students will receive high ability services in a general education classroom.Teachers will differentiate and supplement curriculum to meet the needs of students identified as general intellectual.

  • Service options for students identified as having high ability in one domain of math or language arts: Teachers will differentiate curriculum so that all identified students can receive an accelerated and enriched articulated education in math or language arts according to their identification. When staffing and scheduling permits, honors courses may be provided.

High School

Students who are identified as having high ability are encouraged to take honors courses, Advanced Placement courses and Dual Credit.