• Hampden is a Gifted and Advanced Learning (GAL) site. We work with the Office of Gifted and Advanced Learning and engage in a multi-year process and are currently working toward earning the state designation as an Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) School. We are committed to universal identification of K-2 students via nationally normed ability and achievement assessments, implementation of gifted curricula for grades K-5, accelerated curricula for grades 6-8, targeted and sustained professional development of all staff members around best practices in gifted education, and a larger commitment to regularly monitor, evaluate, and report on the progress of identified learners and selected learning programs.


    Identification Criteria*:

    Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (given to all students in Kindergarten)

    i-Ready Reading and Math Data

    Report card grades

    Teacher recommendations


    *Please note that we are constantly reassessing student data. Students may be added or taken out of pullout groups based on the most current data available.

    K GAL (small group within the classrooom): Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Cardarella

    1st-5th Math GAL (pull out): Ms. Wenzel

    1st-5th ELA GAL (pull out): Ms. Pica

    Honors ELA: Ms. Wenzel

    Accelerated Math: Mr. Chacona

    Honors Social Studies/History Day: Mr. Kondisko

    Honors Science (IQWST): Mr. Ives


    Questions? Email the GAL Coordinators!

    Ms. Kerry Wenzel- KLWenzel@bcps.k12.md.us

    Mrs. Meredith Kroger- MKroger@bcps.k12.md.us