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Second Opportunity Testing Update

At this time, the district is waiting for receipt of the March whole grade testing reports; therefore, Saturday May 13th second opportunity testing has been postponed. 

Second opportunity (whole group ability assessments) will be rescheduled for May 25th and May 26th.  Once a request for assessment is received, a representative from gifted services will contact you with a testing date and testing time. In order to appropriately administer assessments, the testing date and testing time will be preselected for your student and cannot be changed. 

Please note that any testing done after the May testing dates will not result in a change of class placements. 

Welcome to Gifted Services

The Lakota Local School District believes in the appropriate education of all its students. Lakota staff adhere to several policies related to the advancement of students, including gifted identification, acceleration, early entrance to school, as well as early graduation.

While gifted services are not mandated in Ohio, Lakota believes in providing a quality and rigorous education to all students. Through a large menu of opportunities, advanced students may qualify and participate in services designed to meet their unique learning needs. This section of the website provides an overview of Lakota’s services and criteria for placement.

We aim to meet the needs of our gifted students through a wide continuum of services that include:

  • An advanced curriculum.
  • Use of differentiated instructional strategies.
  • Placement in specific gifted programs for gifted students.
  • Honors and advanced placement classes for secondary students.

The type of service and programming provided to gifted students depends on recent assessment data and what is determined to be most appropriate in meeting an individual student’s needs.

**Note: The 2017-18 Gifted Handbook is now updated and can be found on the right side of this page. It reflects the newly adopted Gifted Operating Standards.

Contact Information


Gifted Services

Lakota Central Office
5572 Princeton Road
Liberty Township, OH 45011 [Directions]
Phone: (513) 644-1186 
Fax: (513) 644-1181
Central Office Staff

Jenifer Lodovico

Director of Gifted Services
(513) 644-1186, option 3, or ext. 22081​

April Bain
Data Specialist
(513) 644-1186, option 4 or ext. 22121

Barb Warne
Administrative Secretary
(513) 644-1186, option 1 or ext. 22003

Building Staff

Building Staff Email
Adena Debbie Roberts
Cherokee Kim Carlson
Endeavor Molly Adams
Freedom Christy Knopp
Heritage Erin Maddox
Hopewell Pam Williams
Independence Denelle Garman
Union Jessica Carrelli
VanGorden Linda Croy
Woodland Stephanie Fulmer
Grades 7-12 Gifted Support Advisor - East Patty Piron
Grades 7-12 Gifted Support Advisor - West Lauren Webb


District-Wide Curriculum Events​

Enrichment Opportunities