***When schools closed in March due to COVID-19, gifted resource teachers across the division had finished approximately half of the gifted evaluation process -- collecting student work samples, teacher observations, and ability testing information. Based upon guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) as well as extensive conversations with supervisors of gifted education from across the state, the LCPS Gifted Department made the decision to put the process on hold until students returned to school. The Gifted Department will resume the eligibility process during the month of September for students who were referred for an evaluation last spring. The plan is to complete the process by early October and notify parents/guardians of eligibility decisions by mid-October. Some students may be asked to meet with their gifted resource teacher in person at school to complete any missing work samples or testing. New students found eligible for gifted services will begin classes starting the week of October 19.***
Elementary Gifted Eligibility
January 27 - February 7, 2020
If you are interested in referring your child to be evaluated for gifted services, please submit a referral form to the gifted resource teacher at your child's school during the referral window mentioned above. Parent/Guardian Referral forms can be printed using the link below.
If you have questions about the gifted eligibility process, contact the gifted resource teacher at your child's school. The gifted resource teacher is there to help guide you through this process.
Determining eligibility for gifted services begins with a referral. The process of gathering information from teachers, gathering student work for the portfolio, and testing (if necessary) takes time. Since the division level committee reads the portfolios in April, SEARCH teachers will not have enough time to prepare the portfolios for students whose referrals are received after the February 7th deadline. Referrals must be submitted during the established referral window.
Parent Referrals - Parents of students who do not receive a district referral letter, but who wish to have their children evaluated for gifted services, may submit a parent referral form to their child's SEARCH teacher from January 27th-February 7th, 2020. Please contact your child's SEARCH teacher prior to submitting a parent referral.
For Parents of 5th Grade Students
Parents of 5th grade students who wish to have their child evaluated for gifted services that start in middle school, may submit a parent referral form to their child's SEARCH teacher from January 27th-February 7th, 2020. Please contact your child's SEARCH teacher prior to turing in a parent referral.
Parent/Guardian Referral Forms can be Accessed Below: