2022-23 School Year Service Letters

CCS Gifted Families

Gifted service selection letters for next year have been mailed to families of identified gifted students in grades K through 7. If you have not yet gotten your letter or believe there may be an error in service, please reach out quickly as the deadline for returning these letters is April 8th.

Several parent information meetings are still scheduled:
March 29th
April 5th
All meetings will be held virtually via zoom from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Here are the Zoom links:

Join Zoom Meeting: March 22 & 29
Meeting ID: 824 6857 0314

Join Zoom Meeting: March 24 & April 5
Meeting ID: 853 8846 4043

In addition there is an active PACE discussion group for CCS gifted families.
Please join us!

Columbus Gifted Academy is offering evening tours for prospective families:



PACE Survey on Gifted Services for the 2020-21 School Year

With so many gifted families working to find the best choices for their children, we also ask gifted families to consider completing an informal survey about where they are starting from in terms of gifted services this year. We will use this information to help guide the meeting’s discussion. Even if you are unable to attend the discussion, we need to hear your ideas as we work together to develop effective strategies for serving our children in the coming year.

2020-21 Gifted Services PACE virtual meeting – July 21, 7pm

Columbus PACE was formed as a group of volunteer parents who wanted to help our gifted children shine. For over 20 years families have worked together to learn about gifted education and enrichment, the social and emotional development of gifted children, and advocacy for all gifted students in Columbus City Schools.

In these uncertain times, with reopening plans being discussed, Columbus PACE wants to give gifted families a chance to bring their concerns to the table so that we can work together with Columbus City Schools to provide needed support for all gifted students in the district.

Gifted families around the district all have different needs. They will need to choose different plans to best fit their work, health, safety, educational, and emotional needs. As a gifted community, we would like to brainstorm ways to provide support to all our students, regardless of the plan each family ultimately decides is best for them.

Join us to help prepare a list of questions and ideas for our gifted families to share with Columbus City Schools.

Please email pace@columbuspace.org for a link to our meeting. If you are unable to make the meeting, please feel free to share questions, concerns, and ideas prior to the meeting and we will make sure they are brought up.

Parent Night with Lisa Van Gemert, the “Gifted Guru”

Lisa Van Gemert is a grown up gifted kid, herself, along with being a parent who has successfully raised gifted kids and an educator of gifted kids. She will be speaking about the Delicate Balance of Boundaries with the Gifted.  From her website, the session is as follows:  “While gifted youth need more leeway and independence at earlier ages than do their typical learner peers, that doesn’t mean they need less parenting. Identifying and sustaining appropriate boundaries with peers, adult interaction, and even electronics can challenge the best and most dedicated of parents.  Using a metaphor of fences, learn the key ideas parents need to find and maintain suitable guidelines for their children without dampening the child’s spirits or feeling like they’ve surrendered all control to their kids.”

Monday, November 4, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Columbus Downtown High School
365 S 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

October 2019 PACE Meeting

Navigating Secondary Options

Dr. Colleen Boyle, Director of the Gifted and Talented Division of Columbus City Schools will be discussing all the secondary options available to students: different school options, AP classes, College Credit Plus, IB program, VCAP, etc.
This will be a great chance to ask questions about the different programs and find out how they might fit into your student’s education plan.
Please join us to find out more about which programs will best fit your family.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Eastmoor Academy
417 S Weyant Ave, Columbus, OH 43213

PACE Oct Flyer 2019 – includes MORE news!

September 2019 PACE Meeting

September PACE Meeting

Columbus City Schools has Gifted Resource Specialists assigned to all of our school
buildings and Primary Enrichment Specialists assigned to several of our
elementary buildings. Come out and meet your Specialist and see how they can help maximize your students gifted learning experience. To start the meeting, Dr. Colleen Boyle, Director of the Gifted and Talented Division will speak on identification and definitions of giftedness. This will be an informal meeting with Specialists and parents. Join us to speak with your child’s Specialist and connect with other families going through similar challenges in raising gifted children.

Thursday September 19, 2019, from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Arts Impact Middle School (AIMS)
680 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215


We all know that having our children transition to the next grade level can be very challenging; and we don’t have to do it alone. Come out and enjoy a time of fellowship with other parents of gifted students, as we all share from our personal perspective, and experiences of pitfalls to avoid – and tips for success in guiding our children forward. We will also be holding our yearly PACE Board Elections; and it is not too late to submit your name for the slate.  So, come out and join in on this very important conversation – light refreshments will be served!  See you there!
Date:  Thursday May 2, 2019
Time:  6:30pm-8:00pm
Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library – Karl Rd. Branch, 5590 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229


Writing Enrichment Night

Thurber House is bringing writing enrichment to PACE! Is your child a budding novelist? Or maybe they are scared to even start the writing process. Join us to learn new ways to engage your gifted child with writing. Meg Brown, the Director of Children’s Education from Thurber House has great ideas for both getting kids started writing and keeping them engaged, interested, and learning!
Get ideas for writing prompts, learn about other ways to engage your children in and out of school, and maybe try some writing yourself.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Columbus Gifted Academy
100 West 4th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

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