IHP Information

The IHP is the oldest continuous program for Highly Gifted students in LAUSD (founded 1970). This SLC is designed for the unique needs of Highly Gifted students and offers challenges not generally offered in an honors level middle school course of study. Students are expected to demonstrate readiness to tackle a rigorous, accelerated, and/or compacted curriculum in ALL academic subjects.

The IHP offers advanced lecture courses in math classes (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II); utilizes high school and college level textbooks. Students produce writing  pieces far above grade level expectations. IHP students take intellectual risks to go deeper, not just further, in their academic subjects.

Attributes of the IHP students: identified Highly Gifted by LAUSD (or submit evidence to support possible future identification); excel in and look for a rigorous academic environment requiring intellectual risk; read and write well above grade level; are self-motivated and work well independently; demonstrate superior critical thinking skills and advanced logic and problem solving skills; show intellectual curiosity and a thirst for knowledge; and have national percentile achievement test scores 97% – 99% in both English and math (or “Standards Exceeded” SBAC).


Application materials and tour sign-up information can be found on the Smaller Learning Communities home page.

Friends of Individualized Honors Program (FIHP) – website of the parent group dedicated to supporting the IHP


Kurtis Demski, SLC Coordinator

phone: 818-487-7614; email kwi4584@lausd.net

Debbie Vodhanel, SLC Assistant

phone: 818-487-7600 ex. 306; email djv4258@lausd.net