Talented and Gifted Services Info

Ashland School District
Talented and Gifted Services


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“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” - PLATO

For inquiries concerning the application of The Ashland School District's Talented and Gifted (TAG) program, please contact the District or one of the school TAG coordinator:

Ashland School District
885 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-482-2811
Erika Bare, Director of Student Services
Ashland High School
201 South Mountain Ave.
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-482-8771
Ben Bell, Principal
Rebecca Gyarmathy, Assistant Principal
Ashland Middle School
100 Walker St
Ashland, Or 97520
Phone: 541-482-1611
Steve Retzlaff, Principal
Katherine Holden, Assistant Principal
Austin Wallace, Teacher
Bellveiw Elementary School
1070 Tolman Creek Rd
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-482-1310
Lindsay Gates, Interim Principal
Christine Adams, Reading Specialist
Helman Elementary School
705 Helman St
Ashland, Or 97520
Phone: 541-482-5620
Michelle Cuddeback, Principal
Brian Doak, Math Specialist

John Muir School
100 Walker St
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-482-8577
Jennifer Parks, Interim Principal
Walker Elementary School
364 Walker St
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-482-1516
Tiffany Burns, Principal
Kacy Cuddy, Reding Specialist
Willow Wind Community Learning Center
1497 E. Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-482-1516
Debra Schaeffer Pew, Principal
Sue Pindell, Teacher

The Ashland School District is committed to identifying and providing for the unique intellectual, social, emotional, and career needs of intellectually gifted and academically talented children in grades K – 12. It is our goal to ensure that all learners, including gifted learners, are provided stimulating, challenging and meaningful educational experiences with lessons and materials appropriate for each student’s assessed level and rate of learning. Our philosophy fosters educational alternatives in a broader social context promoting:

  • High expectations and achievement
  • Intellectual stimulation and collaboration
  • Academic enrichment
  • Social and emotional growth

We acknowledge and support the vital role of the classroom teacher in creating differentiated instruction for the unique needs of exceptional learners within the classroom setting.

ASD Talented and Gifted Education Procedures Manual

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