Friday, June 22, 2018
York Suburban School District educates, challenges, and prepares students to shape the future.
  Departments    Student Services    Gifted Services

Mrs. Natalie Hasenfuss

Director of Pupil Personnel Services


Mrs. Mitzi Heaton

Teacher of the Gifted

Indian Rock Elementary and East York Elementary


Mr. Jesse Weld

Teacher of the Gifted

Valley View Elementary, Yorkshire Elementary and High School


Mrs. Karen Campbell

Teacher of the Gifted

Middle School




Parent Resources

Gifted Vision and Philosophy

Vision/Mission Statement:

York Suburban School District strives for excellence in all programming, including gifted services. We believe that all students benefit from instruction that challenges them to reach meaningful academic goals. Our mission is to identify students in need of gifted services in accordance with the criteria set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 16.




Students in need of gifted services receive individualized and specially designed instruction to develop their creative, cognitive and affective talents. Exposure to various processes and higher level thinking skills that include investigation, creative problem solving, independent study, critical thinking, citizenship and career awareness are provided.


York Suburban School District identifies students for gifted services by utilizing multiple criteria including: achievement test scores, acquisition and retention rates, cognitive abilities, expertise or performance in one or more academic areas, high level thinking skills, academic creativity, leadership skills, teacher information accessed through a gifted checklist, and parent information. 


Gifted services in grades K-5 provide for options including compaction of curriculum, acceleration, enrichment through problem solving and creative projects, on-line courses and various summer camps such as Johns Hopkins and Lincoln Intermediate Unit.


Gifted services in grades 6-8 provide for options including seminar, writing competitions, MathCounts, on-line programs such as the Stock Market Game, science fair, current issues discussion, and independent study. A co-teaching model is also used with the general education teacher and the gifted teacher instructing students.


Gifted services in grades 9-12 provide for enrichment options including shadowing and mentoring opportunities, independent study, on-line courses, science fair and an engineering program for students (“Lead the Way”).






Identification Process


In the York Suburban School District’s (YSSD) referrals for gifted identification can be made by parents or by district staff. Following receipt of an evaluation request (verbal or written), the school will initiate the screening procedure. This screening includes the classroom teacher completing the YSSD Gifted Checklist to evaluate skills in various areas including verbal abilities, learning characteristics, motivational characteristics, and social abilities. Acquisition and retention rates, academic performance, standardized testing results and intervening factors are also considered on this checklist. Also as part of the screening process, the teacher of the gifted administers a Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (k-BIT) to ascertain an estimate of cognitive ability level. Once all the data has been gathered through the screening checklist and K-BIT screening, the data are plotted on the YSSD gifted screening matrix to determine if further evaluation is required. If the student does not meet criteria for further evaluation, parents will be notified in writing and the data utilized to make that determination will be shared with them. If parents choose they may request a meeting to further discuss the decision to not proceed to evaluation. If the student does meet the criteria for further evaluation, the district will provide a Gifted Permission to Evaluate form for parent signature as well as a parent checklist/input form. The school psychologist will conduct an individual evaluation of cognitive abilities and academic achievement. A Gifted Written Report (GWR) will be completed by the school psychologist including teacher input, parent input, and evaluation information. The gifted evaluation and a copy of the GWR will be completed and provided to parents within 60 calendar days from receipt of the written parental consent.  







Quick Facts

Quick Links

The Concord Review (History essay submissions in journal)

Continental Mathematics League

Critical and Creative Thinking for the Gifted

FIRST (Robotics Competition)

Glogster (Interactive posters)

How Stuff Works

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Cool science for kids)

Keypals Club International

Knowledge Master Open (Academic Hallmarks)


Mensa International Limited

Merlyn's Pen (Writing submissions)


Museum Box

National Association of Math Circles

Quantum Learning Network (Supercamp)

Why Files (The science behind the news...)

Young Scientists Club




The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.