For current Grade 3 students, they have the option to apply (and be evaluated/tested) to be admitted into the magnet program offered at the regional center for highly gifted students, which is conveniently located at Cold Spring Elementary School. Admission to the Center Programs for the Highly Gifted is very competitive. Criteria used to evaluate candidates include above-grade-level achievement; teacher, parent, and community recommendations; test scores, and report card grades. All Grade 3 parents are mailed an application. School staff and parents can recommend Grade 3 students. The application deadline is Friday, November 6, 2015. The application form and information for Grade 3 students can be found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/elementary/applications.aspx. The test date is to be decided (probably in January 2016).

For current Grade 5 students, they have two options to apply (and be evaluated/tested to be admitted into):

  1. Humanities and Communication Program for the Highly Gifted offered at Eastern Middle School
  2. Mathematics, Science, Computer Science Program for the Highly Gifted offered at Takoma Park Middle School

Admission to the above two programs for the Highly Gifted is very competitive. Criteria used to evaluate candidates include teacher recommendations, written statements from candidates, previous grades, coursework, and test scores. The application deadline is Friday, November 6, 2015 too. The application form and information for Grade 5 students can be found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/middle/applications.aspx. The test date is December 5, 2015.

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