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Gifted Education

Mars Area School District provides Gifted Support for identified primary through secondary students. Children qualifying for gifted services receive a Gifted Individual Education Plan (GIEP) and work with a gifted support teacher on a program tailored to meet their needs.

The Gifted Education program is offered through inclusive instruction and as individualized and small group opportunities. Academically challenging opportunities are designed or selected on an individual student basis and may include subject/skill compacting, independent study, subject/grade acceleration, Advanced Placement (AP) and College within the High School (CHS) courses, distance learning, early entry to college and individualized approaches to enhancing the depth of curricular concepts. These challenges provide students the opportunity to maximize their potential.

When parents and teachers have reason to believe a student could qualify for Gifted Education programming they should contact their Building Administrator or School Guidance Counselor to initiate the data collection and referral process. Team meetings will be convened for discussions and decision making. Parents and teachers will work together to assure each child’s needs are met.

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The following are presentations addressing Gifted Education, offered as part of programs presented by the District:


Legal Requirements of Pennsylvania Gifted Education

State Organizations

General Information

Public Notice

Special Education information must be published periodically, according to state and federal regulations. Questions regarding content, screening, evaluation procedures and/or procedural safeguards may be addressed to Mars Area School District’s Office of Special Education & Gifted Education at (724) 625-1518. Parents/guardians participating in the IEP process are advised to keep a signed and dated copy of the most recent Procedural Safeguard Notice for their records. A copy of the updated notice is posted on the District’s website,