Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE)

  • Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) Logo

    Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) is an awards program to recognize PK12 Maryland Public Schools, which have gifted and talented education programs that are aligned with Maryland’s Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines and COMAR 13A.04.07 Gifted and Talented Education. 

    Schools who have earned the EGATE Award focused on improving all levels of student achievement, including the achievement of students who are advanced/gifted and talented. Each EGATE school submitted a comprehensive application, which provided documentation of twenty-one different criteria under four program objectives. The four program objectives are Student Identification, Curriculum and Instruction, Professionally Qualified Teachers and Professional Development, and Program Management and Evaluation.

    The EGATE schools were recognized with Governor’s proclamations at a February reception, proudly display the EGATE banner, hosted celebratory visits, and serve as models for other schools seeking to achieve EGATE status.


  • AACPS EGATE Schools

    Belvedere Elementary School (2019)

    Benfield Elementary School (2017)

    Bodkin Elementary School (2023)

    Central Elementary School (2018, 2023)

    Crofton Elementary School (2016, 2023)

    Davidsonville Elementary School (2018)

    Edgewater Elementary School (2019)

    Folger McKinsey Elementary School (2018, 2023)

    Fort Smallwood Elementary School (2020)

    Pasadena Elementary School (2019)

    Piney Orchard Elementary School (2011, 2016)

    Severna Park Elementary School (2016, 2022)

    Shipley's Choice Elementary School (2017)

    Southgate Elementary School (2020)

  • Resources

    Maryland State Department of Education Excellence - Gifted & Talented Education (EGATE) Schools


  • Michele DiGiulian
    Coordinator: Advanced Learning  (PreK-12)

    Ainsley Hvizda
    Advanced Learner Programs Teacher Specialist (PreK-2)

    Ginny Allen
    Advanced Learner Programs Teacher Specialist (3-8)