High Ability Services
1. This website
(You will find detailed information regarding high ability identification and services found in the boxes below. There are also two pages of FAQs for both new families to HSE and current students.)
2. Your child’s teacher
(This is your best contact for personalized answers related to your child’s instruction, needs, and placement.)
3. Your school’s high ability coordinator
Hamilton Southeastern Schools invests in the growth of all students. We are fortunate and proud to support an overall high achieving population of students. It is the intention of our school corporation to infuse rigor, differentiation and enrichment into all of our classrooms to meet the needs of all students. Students present a continuum of needs, not a set of characteristics for sorting. Therefore, our general education and high ability programming will have a responsive service design.
We have a multifaceted identification plan designed in accordance with Indiana Department of Education requirements. We use a universal screening process that ensures all students have the opportunity to be identified for high ability services. Students in all grades are considered for high ability services, and our formal and full identification process takes place in grades K, 2, and 5.
We are happy to help! The following would be your contacts for questions:
(This person can help you understand high ability services in your building and specifics related to your child’s placement.)
4. Your school’s Counselor, Assistant Principal, or Principal
(This person can assist with questions regarding the high ability identification process and placement of your child for next school year.)
5. The district High Ability Coordinator
(This person can support you in understanding district-level questions regarding the high ability assessment and identification process.)
Erin Mohr is Coordinator of High Ability Services in Hamilton Southeastern Schools with over 18 years of experience in education; including teaching, instructional coaching, and leading professional development. She is passionate about authentic, meaningful learning that provides students with the opportunity to share their voices and passions through real world learning experiences and integrated curriculum. Erin oversees the identification process for high ability services at all levels including testing, grant administration, communication with families, and service model design. Working closely with principals and teachers to support high ability instruction, she takes special interest in critical thinking, increasing rich tasks and cognitive complexity, and in connecting classrooms with one another. Prior to this role, Erin taught at Fishers Elementary and served as a Teacher Development Specialist at Brooks School Elementary and Geist Elementary. She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and obtained her master's degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Studies from Ball State University. Erin also serves on the CIESC Instructional Tactic Team and has presented at state and national conferences. She lives in Fishers with her husband and three daughters, all of whom are HSE students.