Gifted & Talented Overview
According to the National Association for Gifted Children, academically gifted and talented students in this country make up approximately 6-10% of the total student population. The goal of the MCPS GT program is to help these students reach their full academic potential. Any student may be referred to us to be tested for GT eligibility.
Many parents have asked, “How do I know if my child is gifted?” Here are some basic differences between a bright student and a gifted one:
BRIGHT STUDENT GIFTED STUDENT
- Answers questions - Discusses in detail, elaborates
- Works hard - Plays around, yet tests well
- Completes projects - Initiates projects
- Technician - Inventor
- Students may be referred by parents, teachers or themselves
- Referral forms are available in both English and Spanish for all grades under GT Forms on the left side of this page.
- Referral forms may also be obtained by contacting Anthony Vargas at 571-377-6088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Referred students complete the following:
- an abilities test (OLSAT)
- an achievement test (MAP)
- portfolio activities
- Visit Eligibility Procedures for more information
PROGRAMS FOR ELIGIBLE STUDENTS:
- Grades K-2: pull-out, 1 hour per week
- Grades 3-4: pull-out, 1 day per week
- Grades 5-6: pull-out, 1 day per week; Socratic seminars
- Grades 7-12: various specialty programs by application
SOME STATE & NATIONAL GIFTED ORGANIZATIONS: