Learn About Enriched and Accelerated Opportunities for Elementary Students at Upcoming Information Meetings
MCPS offers enriched and accelerated opportunities for rising Grade 4 and 5 students at the local elementary schools as well as in the Centers for Enriched Studies (CES) programs. The CES focuses on enrichment and acceleration in the areas of reading, language arts, science, and social studies. There are nine regional and four local CES sites, all of which have limited seats and eligibility based on home address. Please find a detailed description of the process below.
Parents and guardians of Grade 3 students are invited to attend an information meeting regarding the program and admission process. This meeting will be available in English and Spanish. The presentation will be streamed live on the MCPS homepage. The video recording of the presentation will be made available on the MCPS website. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd in Gaithersburg.
The CES process includes a central review of all Grade 3 students. Students whose academic profile demonstrates an instructional need for enriched and accelerated instruction will be evaluated for a seat in the CES program. If your Grade 3 student is not recommended for evaluation, you may request that your student be evaluated for the program. Multiple criteria, which may include report card data, national and local assessments and student voice, will be used to identify students for recommendation into the CES program. All parents/guardians of Grade 3 students will be notified of the results of this central review in early February 2020.
Testing will take place at your child’s current school during February 18-28, 2020. The school will notify you of the test date. Selection results will be mailed in early April. Grade 3 students who are recommended for placement in one of the CES sites will have the option to accept or decline the placement for Grade 4.
For more information, visit this website or contact 240-740-2540.