Principal Regional Center for Advanced Academics - Principal
Mrs. Tara Toft, Coordinator of Advanced Academic Studies and Learning Supports, will proudly serve the students and families of the Center as principal. Mrs. Toft has been serving the district for fifteen years as a classroom teacher and teacher mentor at Venice Heights Elementary. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Teaching, she has served on several district level committees. Mrs. Toft is a parent of a gifted student and states, "I have witnessed first hand how changes in environment and teaching styles guided my child to new heights in his education." Mrs. Toft will serve the district both at the Center and through the district's Title Services.
Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies
The purpose of Sandusky City Schools Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies is to provide a world class education to identified gifted students through innovative curriculum and instructional models designed to meet the individual needs of each student.

Grow students’ academic potential to their fullest - Foster collaborative relationships between students, families, staff, and our community - Explore services and options to further students’ reach in a global era

Students will receive integrated instruction in the four core areas: Math, Science/Technology, English and Humanities. Students will receive on-grade level instruction for non-identified areas. Students will also have access to fine arts including: art, music, physical education, computers and strings (6th grade). Affective development with guidance staff will also be afforded.

Entrance Criteria
Children must be qualified as gifted, according to Ohio’s State Standards, in Superior Cognitive and/or Reading and/or Math. Per Ohio law incoming test scores must be less than 24 months old at time of application. Opportunities for possible identification will be provided throughout the year for services the following year.

Summer Enrichment Opportunities
As a culmination of the DORN Fellowship Series for this school year, our students are invited to join their DORN professors for a week long Murder Mystery!  More details are coming soon, but please mark your calendars for the week of July 7th-11th.  Students won't want to miss this exciting project full of intriguing investigations and tantalizing trips!
RCAAS Students back at BGSU Firelands
The RCAAS Students are back at BGSU Firelands! Today they are learning about Cranial Nerves! Students attended Olfactory and Trigeminal, Optic and Occulomotor, Vestibulocochlear, and Hypoglossal Stations! 
RCAAS Fourth Graders Learn About the Nervous System at Firelands Regional Medical Center
Mrs. Foss's fourth graders are at Firelands Regional Medical Center today with their Dorn Fellowship Series professor, Dr. Seth Gardner. They are exploring the nervous system by dissecting sheep brains today! 
Congrats to Elle Whelan on her $1000 College Scholarship!
Elle Whelan received a $1000 college scholarship today from Bonnie's Plants! Last year Elle's third grade teacher, Brit Hageman, presented each of her students with a seedling courtesy of Bonnie's Plants and challenged them to grow it as large as they could. Elle took her plant home and did just that. She tended to her garden all summer long and raised a 38 pound cabbage! 
RCAAS Students to Display Visual Art Projects
The RCAAS students will have their visual art projects on display at Grace Episcopal Church from April 6th - May 1st.  The Exhibit will be called 'The Gift of Art'.  An opening reception will be on Sunday April 6, 2014 at 11:15am.  Cookies and punch will be provided.  The exhibit will be open Monday - Friday from 10:30am - 3:00pm through May 1st, 2014.  Additional viewing times can be arranged by called the church at: 419-625-6919. 
Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies


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Regional Center for Advanced Academics featured on Channel 13 News
Comments on Sandusky's NEW Innovative School
Ann Sheldon, Executive Director for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children shared, “Given that only 18% of identified gifted students in Ohio are provided services, it is clear that more options are needed to meet the needs of this student population. I applaud Sandusky City Schools for recognizing and meeting this need.”
Dr. Eugene T. W. Sanders, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for the Sandusky City Schools noted, “This innovative school is a reflection of the legacy, history, pride, and excellence that has been the hallmark of the Sandusky community.  This school offers a regional approach to school instruction and we believe that innovation is the cornerstone of school restructuring in the 21st century. The Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies is the next step in a series of transformational school efforts that will share with the community over the next 12-15 months.”  

Sandusky City Schools Board President Faith Denslow said “This new school is the kind of Next Level strategic and innovative initiative that will provide our students with the ability to compete against students from a global perspective. We are excited about this transformation effort and the Board of Education fully endorses the transformation step and we are excited about the future for all of our students in the Sandusky region.”


Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies
at Jackson Learning Center building
617 Jackson Street, Sandusky
                  FAX: 419-621-2824
Tara Toft, Principal
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