• Important Information About Gifted Eligibility

    SY 2022-2023

    Update from Mrs. Monkelien, Hillside's Gifted Resource Teacher

    Hillside Families, I will be on maternity leave starting on Monday, March 6, 2023 until the end of the school year.  If you have any questions about the gifted education programs or spring gifted eligibility, please reach out to our gifted education coordinator, Jessica Mainhart at jmainhar@lcps.org.  Thank you.


    • Update from the Gifted Education Office regarding Spring Eligibility Window

      Parents/Families of Students in Grades 3-5:

      The LCPS Gifted Education Office has developed a video to share information about this year’s spring gifted evaluation cycle. You may visit the LCPS Gifted and Talented webpage (https://www.lcps.org/Page/211705) to view the video. Click the “Notifications” tab to locate the video.

      The spring gifted evaluation cycle identifies students who demonstrate a need for gifted services for the 2023-2024 school year. All 3rd grade students are evaluated for gifted services as part of the LCPS universal evaluation process. Families may opt-out of this process by completing the Opt-Out form and returning it to the gifted resource teacher at their child’s school by January 20, 2023. The Opt-Out form can be located on the LCPS Gifted & Talented webpage (https://www.lcps.org/Page/211705).

      Parents/guardians of students in grades 4-5, who were not evaluated in the fall, may request an evaluation by submitting a “Request to Evaluate” form to the gifted resource teacher at their child’s school. The window to submit the form is January 3-20, 2023. Forms will not be accepted after this window closes.

      Since DCI is an elementary gifted program and ends at the conclusion of 5th grade, parents/guardians of current 5th grade DCI students, who were not evaluated in the fall, should be sure to view the video to learn about the spring evaluation process for gifted services in middle school.  

      Students may only be evaluated for gifted services once per academic year. Students who were evaluated for gifted services during the fall cycle may be reevaluated during the 2023-2024 school year. 

      For additional questions, please reach out to the gifted resource teacher at your child’s school.

      Thank you. 

      LCPS Gifted Education Office


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