New school for gifted children to open in downtown Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Twenty-four gifted Mahoning Valley students will start the year in a new school in the city’s downtown, developed to focus on their specific needs.

The Lewis School for the Gifted Learning Potential opens for the first day of school Sept. 2 with 15 students in fifth and sixth grades and nine students in third and fourth grades.

The school was started by Youngstown Christian School and is inside Trinity United Methodist Church on Front Street. It’s named for children’s author C.S. Lewis.

“We have just under half of our students from Youngstown Christian and over half from the surrounding areas,” said Sara Reichard, the school’s director, who is a teacher of gifted education.

The students from the surrounding area come from public and private schools in Canfield, Boardman, Liberty and Poland.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Thursday at the school.

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