High Ability Learners

Welcome to High Ability Learners

"The surest path to high self-esteem is to be successful at something one perceived would be DIFFICULT! Each time we steal a student's struggle, we rob them of an opportunity to build higher self-esteem. Students must experience success with difficult tasks to feel capable and competent." -- Dr. Sylvia Rimm.

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Philosophy: The Blair Community Schools recognizes the individual characteristics of the student and strives to advance to the fullest all aspects of the student's development. Screening and identification, case studies, program options, and placement are planning components of the program for the high-ability learners which can aid these students in their attempt to develop their abilities to optimum levels. 

Definition: The Blair Community Schools recognizes students have opportunities at school and in the community to develop specific talents in the areas of creativity, leadership, intellectual capacity, visual and performing arts, and specific academic fields. At this time, the Blair Community Schools will identify learners with high ability as students who show evidence of high performance ability in intellectual and academic areas. 

Identification Criteria and Programming: Identification criteria for the High-ability Learner Program can be found here and grade level programming can be viewed at Mr. Norine's webpage.

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Carson Norine


Arbor Park Intermediate School, Stage

Otte Blair Middle School, Library Conf. Room

Phone: 402-427-2822
e-mail:[email protected]