Gifted and Talented Identification in AACPS

Gifted and Talented Identification Process 2020 - 2021

  • Video Transcript: Gifted and Talented Identification Process in AACPS

    AACPS identifies gifted and advanced students through a universal screening process in grades 2, 5, and 8. A gifted and talented student, as defined by Maryland law, is “an elementary or secondary student who is identified by professionally qualified individuals as:

    • Having outstanding talent and performing, or showing the potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to other students;
    • Exhibiting high performance capability in intellectual, creative, or artistic areas;
    • Possessing an unusual leadership capacity; or
    • Excelling in specific academic fields."

    AACPS recognizes that achievement, ability, and potential play a role in identifying giftedness; therefore, multiple measures are used to identify students.

    For more information on how students are identified for gifted services in AACPS, please watch the video above. 


  • GT Identification Appeal Process

    Parent(s) of elementary and/or middle school student(s) seeking an appeal for gifted and talented identification and/or services must submit a formal request using the following process by September 30 (Grades 2 & 5) and December 30 (Grade 8).

  • GT Identification Transfer Process

    Parent(s) of elementary and/or middle school student(s) transfering to AACPS and seeking gifted and talented services must submit documentation to the Advanced Learner Programs Office using the following process:


  • Susan Tucker
    Primary Talent Development Teacher Specialist (Pre-K-2)

    Michele DiGiulian
    Advanced Learner Programs Teacher Specialist (3-8)