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Accelerated and Enriched Instruction: Frequently Asked Questions

How Do We Support the Needs of All Students at the High School (HS) level?

All high schools offer a wide range of Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) level courses from which students may select. Honors and AP courses are open to all students who demonstrate the motivation or potential to perform at high levels in multiple content areas. All students with the ability, motivation, or potential to perform at high levels are encouraged to enroll in honors or advanced placement courses offered at every Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) high school (HS), with some courses allowing students to earn college credit while in high school. Students who participate in rigorous coursework in high school are better prepared for post-secondary education and careers.

Additional advanced-level options for high school (HS) students include—

Choice Options for Consideration:

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How Do We Support the Needs of All Students at the Middle School (MS) level?

All middle schools offer a diverse range of engaging courses and programs that will prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century, college, and the workplace. All students with the ability, motivation, or potential to perform at high levels are encouraged to enroll in advanced-level courses offered at every Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) middle school (MS), with some courses allowing students to earn high school credit while in middle school. Students who participate in such challenging coursework deepen and enrich their understanding of content and collaborate with peers on rigorous tasks.

Course Enrichments include:

  • Advanced-level courses for English and Social Studies
    • William and Mary and Great Books program, are part of the accelerated and enrichment opportunities through the English curriculum
  • Course advancement in mathematics
  • High School course work (Student Performance Dependent)

Choice Options for Consideration:

*IB Authorized Fall 2014
**IB Candidate School

There are also challenging opportunities available as extracurricular activities and coursework on college campuses. Destination Imagination provides problems that require both imagination and creativity. The Maryland State Department of Education designs a variety of Summer Center Programs that appeal to students in the middle school years and Montgomery College offers both Saturday programs as well as summer course work at many of its campuses.See Beyond the Classroom.

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How Do We Support the Needs of All Students at the Elementary School (ES) level?

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Curriculum 2.0 (C2.0) is built around developing students’ critical and creative thinking skills, as well as essential academic success skills, so that students are well prepared for a lifetime of learning. The intent of our recent revisions is to better engage students and teachers, and dedicate more learning time to subjects such as the arts, information literacy, science, social studies, and physical education.

All elementary schools provide the following advanced-level instruction to students with the ability, potential, or motivation to perform at high levels.

Program Enrichments in Reading:

  • Advanced core books/texts for small group instruction
  • Enriched instructional opportunities within C2.0 as defined in sample learning tasks.
  • Curriculum program extensions based on skill:

Program/Course Enrichments in Mathematics:

  • Acceleration and enrichment within the grade level curriculum for students who consistently demonstrate proficiency of mathematics concepts (Grades 1–5)
  • Grade level acceleration for students who consistently demonstrated the Best-Fit Criteria will have access to the compacted mathematics concepts (System Assessment; Grades 4, 5) 

Program Enrichments in Science and Social Studies:

  • Scientific and Historical Investigations

General Cross-Curricular Connects:

  • Marking Period Inquiry Projects
  • Thinking and Academic Success Skills

Choice Options for Consideration:

    • Centers for Enriched Studies (Selective Admissions; Grades 4, 5)
      • Regional Centers
        • Chevy Chase ES
        • Clearspring ES
        • Cold Spring ES
        • Dr. Charles Drew ES
        • Fox Chapel ES
        • Pine Crest ES/Oak View ES
      • Local School Centers
        • Rachel Carson ES
        • Piney Branch ES
        • Spark M. Matsunaga ES
        • Stonegate ES

 

  • Gifted and Talented/Learning Disabled (GT/LD) Programs (Individualized Educational Program (IEP); Grades 3–5) 
    • Lucy V. Barnsley ES
  • Immersion Programs (Lottery; Grades K–5) 
    • Chinese: College Gardens ES, Potomac ES
    • French: Maryvale ES, Sligo Creek ES
    • Spanish: Burnt Mills ES, Rock Creek Forest ES, Rolling Terrace ES 
  • Primary Magnet: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Focus: Takoma Park ES (Application; Grades 1, 2)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Primary Years Program (PYP): College Gardens ES (Local School- Grades K–5)  

There are also challenging opportunities available as extracurricular activities and coursework on college campuses. Destination Imagination provides problems that require both imagination and creativity. The Maryland State Department of Education designs a variety of Summer Center Programs that appeal to students in the elementary school years and Montgomery College offers both Saturday programs as well as summer course work at many of its campuses. See Beyond the Classroom.

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When are students screened for gifted and talented identification and what does it mean?

All Grade 2 students are screened for gifted and talented identification during the second semester of the school year. Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 who are new to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) or who have been recommended for re-screening (by parents and/or school staff) are also screened during the second semester of each school year. Gifted and talented screening occurs at the student's school. The data gathered on each student through the screening process is used to make instructional recommendations for the following school year and for GT identification.

All students have an equal opportunity to be considered for identification regardless of special needs, linguistic, or cultural differences. Advocacy is a vital component of the professional decision making process.

 Find out more about the screening process.

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Contact Us

 

Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs (OCIP)

Elementary Integrated Curriculum Team (EIC) (C2.0)

  • Curriculum Design and Implementation
  • Standards Based Grading
  • K–5 Core Curriculum
  • TASS Skills
  • Inquiry Projects

 

240-453-2570

Department of Curriculum Instruction (DCI)

  • Curriculum Design and Implementation by Specific Content Area
  • Math Pathways
301-279-3350

Department of Enriched and Innovated Programs (DEIP)

  • Career Pathways (HS) 
  • Internships (HS) 
301-279-8529

Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction

(AEI)

  • Course Enrichments
  • William and Mary
  • Junior Great Books
  • GT Identification
  • GT/LD Programs
  • International Baccalaureate:  PYP, MYP, DP
  • Primary Magnet
  • Choice Programs
  • Magnet Programs
  • Centers for Enriched Studies (Curriculum)

301-279-3163

Division of Consortia Choice and Application Programs

(DCCAPS)

 Application and Selection Process for:
  • Centers for Enriched Studies
  • Center Programs
  • Choice Programs
  • Immersion Programs
  • Signature/Focus Schools (High Schools)

301-740-2540

 

 

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