Update: LCPS Gifted Education Office

    as of Tuesday, June 15, 2021:

    The LCPS Gifted Education Office is moving the 2020-2021 gifted eligibility process to the fall of 2021. This decision was made to ensure that the process is safe and equitable for all LCPS families. Curricular enrichment opportunities designed to develop talent will be offered for students during the first marking period. Screening and identification will begin in November. Virtual information sessions will be held in the fall of 2021 to share information with LCPS families. At that time, families can follow up with their child’s gifted resource teacher with questions. 





    Updates as of

    March 26, 2021: 

    Winter/Spring Gifted Education Evaluations Delayed:

    Due to COVID-19, the gifted evaluation process for winter/spring, 2021 will be delayed. The Gifted Education Department is currently developing a plan to evaluate this year’s 3rd-5th grade students when it is safe and equitable to do so. Please refer to the LCPS Gifted and Talented webpage (https://www.lcps.org/Page/211705), for the most up-to-date information. As soon as the 2021 gifted evaluation timeline and referral window is established, it will be posted at these locations. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

    (Last updated March 26, 2021)

    Wendy S. King Supervisor, Gifted Education

    Loudoun County Public Schools 21000 Education Court, Suite 511 F Ashburn, VA 20148

    (571) 252-1609   Wendy.King@lcps.org

    Tolbert Elementary Parents:

    (Parent Initiated Referrals for Gifted Education Evaluation for 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students)

    If you are planning on referring your third, fourth or fifth grade student for further evaluation for the gifted program, the aforementioned information pertains to the timeline or open window for submitting necessary paperwork. This open window to submit paperwork is being delayed. Be sure to check back here sometime after May 7,2021 for more information. In the meantime, please acquaint yourself with the Gifted Education Department’s website (https://www.lcps.org/Page/211705) regarding the process and the location of the referral form linked on that page for download. The form can be found if you scroll down the page to the first grey bar entitled, “Notifications,” “Referral Form.” In this way, you will be prepared to submit your hard copy signed form to me, your Gifted Education Resource teacher, when the Referral Window dates are posted and open. 

    (Last updated March 26, 2021)

    Ms. Melissa Fye, Gifted Education Resource Teacher John W. Tolbert Elementary School


    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Administration Postponed for LCPS 2nd grade students

    The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) administration for second grade students, scheduled for February, 2021, will be postponed. This assessment will be rescheduled and administered in the fall when students are back in school in person. The results from the CogAT are used as one part of the gifted education identification process.


    Updates posted Aug. 2020:


    2020-21 Distance Learning for Gifted Learners (as of Aug. 5,2020)

    Distance Learning for Gifted Learners SEARCH (Grades K-3): SEARCH classes will be conducted on a bi-weekly basis. The lessons will range from 30 minutes (kindergarten) to 45 minutes (Grades 1-3). Third grade SEARCH classes will be taught synchronously. Grades K-2 SEARCH classes will be taught asynchronously. FUTURA (Grades 4-5): Gifted resource teachers will provide a combination of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning opportunities for identified gifted learners in grades 4 and 5. The synchronous sessions will be up to 90 minutes once per week. SPECTRUM (Grades 6-8): Gifted resource teachers will provide a combination of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning opportunities for identified gifted learners in grades 6-8. Lessons will focus on the overarching themes of the gifted curriculum (e.g., Business & Economics, Communication & Culture, Technology & Engineering, and Ethics & Perspectives.).

    -Loudoun County Public Schools | 100% Distance Learning, August 5, 2020