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High Ability Resources


High Ability Identification Timeline and Information: Elementary 

Elementary High Ability Parent Referral: Incoming 3rd and 4th Grade 

Elementary High Ability Parent Referral: Incoming 5th and 6th Grade

Middle School High Ability Parent Referral (Coming Soon!)

MCCSC Guiding Principals of High Ability Education


Broad Based Planning Committee (BBPC)/High Ability Task Force

Indiana Administrative Code 511 requires that the Broad-Based Planning Committee (BBPC) includes diverse representation from the following groups:

  • Educators
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Community members
  • Other stakeholder groups  

The function of the High Ability Task Force/BBPC is to design and monitor the continuous development and implementation of the levels of services program for high ability students. (511 IAC 6-9.1-2, Section 2, Part (e)).

Since the development of a high ability program more than 30 years ago, the MCCSC has continuously maintained a Broad-Based Planning Committee that has served to provide guidance to the program and to support the Coordinator of High Ability Education. New state legislation in the area of high ability education went into effect in July 2007.  Indiana Code for High Ability Education states that "the school corporation shall develop and periodically update a level of services program to provide educational opportunities to encourage high ability students to reach the highest possible level at every stage of development."  In the fall of 2007, the High Ability Task Force was established and charged with the responsibility of developing and implementing a comprehensive K-12 program of services for all high ability students.  This K-12 continuum of services is based on best practices, includes professional development and parent and student support, and is reevaluated and updated regularly.


General Resources

IDOE Office of High Ability Education: Indiana Department of Education

NAGC:  National Association for Gifted Children

NRC/GT:  The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented


Humanities and Geography

Indiana Humanities Council:  Helps you use literature, history, philosophy, and ethics to strengthen Indiana’s human ties

The White House


Language Arts

ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication



Khan Academy: Free, online classes in almost any subject area



The Children's Museum: located in Indianapolis

Franklin Institute Science Museum: Tour the online exhibits and educational resources

Wonderlab: The Museum of Science, Health, and Technology



Exploratorium: Science info for teachers and students

Frank Potter's Science Gems: Collection of math and science info and curriculum

NASA: Information about Space and planets

NSTA: National Science Teachers Association

Smithsonian Institution: The world's largest museum, education, and research complex 

The Nature Conservancy: One of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world


Other Interesting Sites

Advanced Placement Program: AP's corner of College Board Online

College Board: Information about SAT, PSAT, AP tests, college planning, etc.

CNN: National news site

The Discovery Channel: Information on educational television shows

PBS: Public Broadcasting Service Online

Indiana Department of Education: Indiana Department of Education's website

Indiana University Precollege Programs: Year-round programs offered at Indiana University for K-12 students