In keeping with the mission of Carmel Clay Schools to effectively meet the educational needs of all students, rigorous programs are provided for high ability students whose general intellect and academic achievement are significantly beyond their peers. These programs provide differentiated curriculum and instructional strategies especially designed to help gifted learners meet their individual potential.
Multiple delivery systems meet a variety of student needs ranging from specific academic strengths to general intellectual giftedness. Students may receive differentiated instruction within the regular classroom for subject specific strengths or placement in the Challenge or Honors programs. The elementary Challenge program serves the needs of intellectually gifted students through full-time placement in grades 2-5. Middle School Honors courses in English/Language Arts and Mathematics are designed for students with content specific academic strengths that are two or more years above grade level. Advanced Math placement is also available to qualified students in grades Kdg-8. Carmel High School offers Honors, Advanced Placement, Advanced College Project, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme courses to accommodate a variety of needs among high ability learners.
Challenge, Honors and Advanced Math courses require placement qualifying exams, but high school students may self-select Advanced Placement, Advanced College Project, and International Diploma Baccalaureate Programme with advice from a teacher or guidance counselor.