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SEARCH - Updated 1/13/17
For Parents of 3rd and 4th Grade Students
District Referrals - Students with qualifying test scores on the CogAT and/or NNAT will receive a district referral via US mail in mid-February. With parent permission (via a signed referral form returned to school SEARCH teacher), these students will be evaluated for gifted services.
Parent Referrals - Parents of students who did 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 February 21 – March 3, 2017
Referral forms submitted after March 3, 2017
will be processed next school year.

ALL parents are encouraged to attend Gifted Information Nights.  Come and hear about the options for gifted students in Loudoun County and meet the Gifted Department Supervisor, Wendy King.  Gifted Information Nights are offered at various schools on several dates in the fall and spring.   Please look out for a flyer to come home with students with dates and times.   
SEARCH at Sully Elementary School


The Loudoun County SEARCH program focuses on thinking skills and is designed to foster a classroom environment that encourages students to develop an excitement for learning and discovery. SEARCH teachers work within the classroom to stimulate curiosity, practice problem solving strategies, incorporate cooperative learning activities, provide opportunities for students to use higher level thinking skills, and identify students with exceptional ability. During the lessons, the primary classroom teacher makes observations to gain insight into the students' various skills, strengths, and learning styles. Both teachers work cooperatively to recognize and develop the potential for excellence in each student. The SEARCH teacher is available to assist in the development of lesson plans and activities that promote higher level thinking, model or provide tips for differentiating instruction, work with small groups of students, and offer enrichment to students who have been formally identified for gifted services.

SEARCH lessons fulfill the goals of the LCPS Gifted Education Department which are:


1.To become divergent creative thinkers who recognize problems and solve them.

2.To construct personal meaning and understanding of others and of the world around them.

3.To develop the capacity for self assessment (ownership of the learning).
For more information, click the links below.