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. 

Gifted & Talented Workshop
  • 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


    • Referred students complete the following:
      • an abilities test (OLSAT)
      • an achievement test (MAP)
      • portfolio activities
    • Visit Eligibility Procedures for more information


    • 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


    The National Association for Gifted Children
    Virginia Association for the Gifted
    Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted