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:

Gifted & Talented Workshop
  • BRIGHT STUDENT                        GIFTED STUDENT
    Answers questions                      Discusses in
    detail, elaborates
    Works hard                                  Plays around, yet tests well
    Completes
    projects                     Initiates projects
    Technician                                   Inventor

    REFERRALS:

    • 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 avargas@mcpsva.org.

    ELIGIBILITY:

    • 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:

    The National Association for Gifted Children www.nagc.org
    Virginia Association for the Gifted www.vagifted.org
    Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted  www.sengifted.org

2019-2020 Upcoming Events

  • September 9, 2019
    GT Referral Info Night
    7-8 pm
    Baldwin Elementary School Cafeteria

    September 23, 2019
    GT Advisory Meeting
    6:30 pm
    Metz Middle School, Room 2037
    All GT parents are welcome

    October 1, 2019
    Fall due date for parent referrals

    November 18, 2019
    GT Advisory Meeting
    6:30 pm
    Metz Middle School, Room 2037
    All GT parents are welcome

    February 3, 2020
    GT Advisory Meeting
    6:30 pm
    Metz Middle School, Room 2037
    All GT parents are welcome

    April 20, 2020
    GT Advisory Meeting
    6:30 pm
    Metz Middle School, Room 2037
    All GT parents are welcome