Gifted and Talented Identification Process 2021-2022

  • Video Transcript: Gifted and Talented Identification Process in AACPS

    AACPS identifies gifted and advanced students through a universal screening process in Elementary and Middle school. In Elementary, students are screened in grades 2 and 5. In Middle school, the process spans the students' 7th and 8th grade years. 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. 


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  • 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 March 31 (Grade 8).

    Please email all documentation to

  • 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:

    Please email all documentation to


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

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