Montgomery County Public Schools is committed to providing rigorous instructional programs that encourage all students to realize their full potential as learners. A continuum of programs and services are provided.
Students’ learning may be enriched and accelerated; and, students may participate in advanced-level coursework at their local schools. Instruction is differentiated to provide all students appropriate pacing and support necessary for advanced-level learning.
Students may also attend special programs such as centers for enriched studies, magnet programs, or specialized programs, based on their interest and talent.
The administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) has been delayed until after winter break. Testing, including make-up testing dates, was initially scheduled for November 28 - December 15. Additional communication regarding the new testing window will be forthcoming.
CogAT is being used as part of the Universal Screening for Gifted and Talented Identification in Grade 2 only.
To address the needs of academically gifted and advanced readers at the local school level, MCPS expanded the ELC to all comprehensive K-5 elementary schools. The schools that were added during the 2023-2024 school year began implementing the ELC in grade 4 and will add ELC to grade 5 during the 2024-2025 school year.
Local Enrichment, Enriched Literacy Curriculum, Centers for Enriched Studies
Middle School Programs
Local Enriched Courses in Math and World Studies, Magnet Programs,
High School Programs
Twice Exceptional Students and Services
Frequently Asked Questions, Publications and Resources about gifted students with disabilities (e.g. GT/LD)
Policies and Processes
Links to MCPS gifted and talented policies and processes including GT Identification
Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) School Awards Program- This program honors exceptional elementary, middle, and high schools that offer gifted and telented programs aligned with the objectives and criteria of the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines and Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.04.07 Gifted and Talented Education. The following MCPS schools have been named EGATE schools:
About Accelerated and Enriched Instruction
AEI Vision, Mission and MCPS GT Policies
850 Hungerford Drive,
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Curriculum and Instructional Programs, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Schools.
The AEI Feedback Council provides feedback and continuing guidance to staff on MCPS programs and the implementation of MCPS Policy IOA Gifted and Talented Education (PDF). The committee is comprised of 20-25 community and staff stakeholders who represent multiple points of view.