Toledo Public Schools strives to provide an environment where all students can thrive and be challenged and supported. We currently support that goal through a variety of approaches:

  • Curriculum differentiation
  • Gifted sections of ELA and Math for 5th and 6th grades
  • Subject acceleration and EHSO
  • Whole grade acceleration following ODE guidelines and using the Iowa Acceleration Scale and approved assessments
  • College Credit Plus (CCP)
  • Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes

Children who are gifted and are receiving gifted services have a Written Education Plan (WEP) that provides goals for the student.

Children who are subject or whole grade accelerated have a Written Acceleration Plan (WAP) that provides a plan for the transition to the higher class or grade level.


Click below for more information about the Gifted Program at Toledo Public Schools:

Fact sheet/program schedule

Staff roster

Gifted Resources

This is a link to a guide to help educators and parents understand the difference between a bright child and a gifted child:

This is a resource for parents and educators:

The Ohio Association for Gifted Children is also a great resource of information for parents and educators:

The National Association for Gifted Children is another valuable resource for parents and educators.


Because of the frigid temperatures, Toledo Public Schools closed on Thursday, December 15, meaning high school students have to report for half a day on Friday, December 16, to finish their exams. It also means:

  • That elementary students have started their winter break but their teachers will still report on Friday, December 16, for a Teacher Work Day. Elementary students will report back to school, as scheduled, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
  • Because the high school students will attend a half-day of school on Friday, the Teacher Work Day for high school teachers is being moved to Tuesday, January 3, 2017. High school students will not report for classes that day. Their first day of school after winter break will be Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

The decision to close schools on Thursday was made after monitoring the forecast from local meteorologists and considering the weather conditions when students would be heading to school. The safety of our students is our number one priority and when weather conditions are as they were on Thursday, we must take into consideration the time students spend walking to and from school or to and from the bus stop.

Posted on December 15, 2016

Social Studies Joe Boyle looked out at his audience of high school students and put their semester-long research project into perspective.

He told them of an old saying that goes, "As long as someone's name is spoken, they're not really dead. In a very real and tangible way, you have kept them alive."

Mr. Boyle was speaking of the 40 men with ties to northwest Ohio whose lives - and deaths - the students researched and then wrote about. The men died during World War II and the members of Mr. Boyle's distance-learning class - students from Bowsher, Start, Waite and Woodward - read their reports during the annual Fallen Heroes event at Waite High School. The event had special poignancy this year because  it was held on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which catapulted the United States into the war.

Luis Mendez-Guerrero, a junior at Woodward High School, described the life and death of Clelan Croninger, who graduated from the former Libbey High School and who sailed across the Mediterranean Sea from Tunisia on the dark night of July 11, 1943. As the ship lay off the coast of Sicily, German bombers dropped high explosive bombs directly on LST-158’s deck.

Mr. Croninger and his companions attempted to contain the fire but, within minutes the crew members were ordered to abandon ship, Luis recounted. As the ship was lit up in flames, Mr. Croninger was killed in action.

Luis concluded his report by saying, "Clelan died defending our country, defending the Allies, defending his companions, and defending you and I. Will you honor his death or will you pass by without any restraint? Will you honor his effort or will you disgrace it? Will you honor not only his but, the veterans' efforts to protect our country or will you disgrace everything our veterans have done for us? I will chose to honor Clelan Overlin Croninger, his effort, and all the veterans effort in protecting our country and in defending all that we live for."

Condessa Croninger, the great-niece of Mr. Croninger, attended the Fallen Heroes event and was overcome with emotion by the work the students had put in to remember her great-uncle and others. She showed Mr. Croninger's yearbook and Purple Heart to Luis.

"This is just a wondeful program," she said.

Mr. Boyle said there's really no way of knowing the exact number of area residents who died during World War II, but he works with the number 1,192 people who lived in Toledo for any amount of time.

The students' research took them to the main Toledo-Lucas County Public library downtown and Mr. Boyle is hopeful that they learned some history.

“If they learn to write a little bit along the way, great. If they learned a little about researching, that’s fine too,” he said. “But I really want them to make that personal connection.”

The students shared stories about local men shot down in bombers and those who invaded Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, among others, and those who died tragically during training exercises or of disease.

Pvt. Chanler Acker quit his job as a longtime photographer at The Blade newspaper to be part of a photo reconnaissance squadron, reported Maegan Round, a Waite exchange student from Australia.

Mr. Acker was to fly missions from Pakistan to China but was killed in a crash in 1942.

“The unit’s job was to essentially take photos of the enemy’s front lines.”

For Start High School junior Kayla Cox, the assignment was personal.

Kayla researched the lives and deaths of Raymond and Russell Diemer, her fourth cousins who died during the war. She learned of them when she was 12, and was the first in her family to research their stories. The two privates were born in Henry County in 1919 and lived 10 miles from each other. Both joined the Army before they could be drafted.

Raymond’s unit was in the Philippines until Christmas, 1941, and then began to retreat. Many soldiers were forced to surrender to the Japanese in the Battle of Bataan April 9, 1942.

“Raymond became a prisoner of war to Japan and was forced to make the 65-mile march,” Kayla said. “During the march, Raymond’s unit was subjected to random stabbings and beatings.”

Raymond died in a Japanese POW camp July 17, 1942. A post in New Bavaria, Ohio, serves as a memorial.

Russell survived his first combat in the desert of Algeria, but he was wounded in the invasion of Italy in January, 1944. Russell died March 13, 1944.

“I’m really honored because they made such a big sacrifice,” Kayla told The Blade

Posted on December 14, 2016


School for Monday, December 12, has been cancelled because of the weather, so here is the revised exam schedule for high school students for Tuesday, December 13. Following this schedule is the revised schedule for Toledo Technology Academy.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, high school students will report for a full day and take three exams:

Period 1: 8:00-9:30 a.m. Exam 1
Period 2: 9:35-11:10 a.m. Exam 2
Period 4 (Lunch and Exam 4)
11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m. A Lunch
12:15-1:00 p.m. B Lunch
1:10-1:55 p.m. C Lunch
Walkers and riders would be released at 1:55 p.m. Bus riders would be released at their normal time.

Wednesday, Dec. 14: Normal exam schedule with exams in periods 3 and 5
Thursday, Dec. 15: Normal exam schedule with exams in periods 6 and 7
Friday, Dec. 16: Teacher Work Day - No students

Click here for revised TTA exam schedule

Updated on December 12, 2016

All Toledo Public Schools students will be on a two-hour delayed start this coming Wednesday, December 7.

The two-hour delay allows for the professional development of teachers, who report at their regular time. Administrators also are expected to report at their regular time.

Some reminders:

  • Students who normally receive bus transportation will have their morning transportation delayed by two hours.
  • No breakfast will be served – lunch will begin at the normal times.
  • The Early Risers music enrichment program at the high schools is cancelled for Wednesday morning, as are the Early High School Opportunity classes. Students who attend EHSO classes will follow their normal afternoon schedule.
  • Elementary students should report directly to their home school.
  • School dismissal from all locations will be at the regular times.

The Waite High School National Honor Society filled 17 care projects for sick children as part of a service project for Joyful Smiles Thru Faith, a non-profit organization founded by Waite graduate Jacqueline Federico.

The organization provides care packages to children who are admitted into area hospitals. They are filled with various games, toys, coloring books, crayons, a teddy bear and a card made by the donor.

Ms. Federico says, "I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Waite High School National Honor Society for stuffing 17 Kare Packages for Joyful Smiles Thru Faith. This batch of Kare Packages will be our very first delivery to the sick children in St. Vincent's Children's Hospital."

Waite Principal Todd Deem said he was most impressed with how generous the students were with their resources and their time.

"The students felt a connection to children they will likely never meet, and they completed the service project with care and enthusiasm," said Mr. Deem and Audrey Fox, the chapter's adviser.

Ms. Federico says, "We here at JSTF are very proud of the WHS students as well. The Kare Packages look amazing and the children will love them. Again thank you so much! We are Toledo Public Schools PROUD!"

More information about the non-profit organization can be found at:

Pictured in the photo on the front is (from left to right): William Konesni; Estrella Marquez; Jaymie Williams; Alicia Guerra; Ms. Cori Boos, (assistant principal, pupil personnel); Djeneba Diallo; Brian Perrine; Annie Konesni; Mikayla Autman; Robin Foster; Belle Taylor; Ms. Federico; Mr. Deem; Carlos Puente; Onicia Broines; Da’Von Brown; Chanyng Fournier; Mrs. Audrey Fox (adviser) and Alexandria Rayford-West. Contributors not pictured: Ms. Maureen O’Connell (teacher); Ahmed Issa; Baylee Adams; La’Precious Simon and Lydia Lundy.

Posted on December 2, 2016

The Start High School Spartans, which won their second straight City League title on Friday, will take on the Woodward High School Polar Bears this Thursday in the revival of the Old Newsboys’ Shoe Bowl.

The game, which will be covered by BCSN, will start at 7 p.m. at Start High School, 2010 Tremainsville Rd.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for elementary students at the gate. Presale tickets for students will be available for $5 on Thursday during lunch hours at Start and Woodward.

Posted on October 31, 2016