Programs for Gifted and Advanced Learners

Gifted and advanced learners perform or show the potential to perform at high levels academically, artistically, creatively, or in leadership.There are gifted and advanced learners in every grade and at every school, and City Schools is committed to meeting their needs. 

In 2016-2017, gifted and advanced learning programs are in place at 28 schools (6 elementary schools, 21 elementary/middle schools, and 1 middle/high school). High school students have opportunities to pursue advanced programming at numerous schools across the district. 

Seven City Schools have received the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) award from the Maryland State Department of Education and the State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education, recognizing them for their outstanding programs. 

How are gifted and advanced learners identified?

City Schools adheres to the requirements stipulated by Maryland regulations (COMAR 13A.04.07) and uses multiple indicators in the identification of gifted and advanced learners. Specifically, City Schools uses nationally normed ability assessments – either the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) or the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) - as an initial identifier and then uses data from nationally normed achievement assessments in mathematics and reading –typically i-Ready or the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) - to formally identify students. Gifted learners are those students whose ability and achievement scores fall in the 90th to 99th percentile range while Advanced learners are those students whose ability and achievement scores fall in the 80th to 89th percentile range. City Schools also uses motivation scales (GES-3) and creativity assessments (Torrance) in limited cases when students pre-qualify in only one of the two categories of ability or achievement. Similar percentile range scores (90th -99th or 80th – 89th) must be obtained to complete the formal identification process for those students.

If you feel you or your child may be a gifted or advanced learner, please complete and submit the online referral form. The Gifted and Advanced Learning department in City Schools' Academics Office will review and forward the form to your child's school. You will be notified about the status of the submission at each stage of the process.


The top 10 truths about gifted education

Many myths exist about gifted and advanced teaching and learning. The National Association for Gifted Children created the top 10 truths about gifted education to help others better understand what gifted students need and can do.