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Centers for Enriched Studies

Program Description

The Centers for Enriched Studies provide a learning environment for Grade 4 and Grade 5 students that enriches, accelerates, and extends the MCPS curriculum. It is designed to meet the needs of highly gifted and motivated learners in language arts, science, and social studies. The program focuses on critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills.

Would your child like to be able to…

  • Exhibit exceptional content reasoning skills, advanced vocabulary, advanced written expression?
  • Demonstrate curiosity and intrinsic motivation to learn across multiple environments?
  • Show strong critical and creative thinking?
  • Maintain a high level of commitment, persistence, and independence?
  • Work well both collaboratively and independently?
 

Barnsley

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive process.  Criteria used to evaluate candidates includes an academic examination of student performance at grade three and an outside evaluation. Schools and parents/guardians will receive a letter to consider participation in the selection process in late January or early February.

Region

Regional (More about regions)

Regional centers serve a designated geographic area that is based on high school attendance area. Your local elementary school can identify the center to which your area is assigned.

 

The Center for Enriched Studies at Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School serves the following attendance areas:

  • Walter Johnson
  • Richard Montgomery
  • Rockville
  • Wheaton

Transportation

Central Location Stops (limited geographic area) (More about transportation)

MCPS provides transportation from central stops for students in the Elementary Center Programs for the Highly Gifted, from the areas that the programs serve.

 

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Chevy Chase

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive process.  Criteria used to evaluate candidates includes an academic examination of student performance at grade three and an outside evaluation. Schools and parents/guardians will receive a letter to consider participation in the selection process in late January or early February.


Region

Regional (More about regions)

Each center serves a designated geographic area that is based on high school attendance areas. Your local elementary school can identify the center to which your area is assigned.

 

The Center for Enriched Studies at Chevy Chase Elementary School serves the following attendance areas:

  • Walt Whitman
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Transportation

Central Location Stops (limited geographic area) (More about transportation)

MCPS provides transportation from central stops for students in the Elementary Center Programs for the Highly Gifted, from the areas that the programs serve.

 

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Clearspring

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive process.  Criteria used to evaluate candidates includes an academic examination of student performance at grade three and an outside evaluation. Schools and parents/guardians will receive a letter to consider participation in the selection process in late January or early February.


Region

Regional (More about regions)

Each center serves a designated geographic area that is based on high school attendance areas. Your local elementary school can identify the center to which your area is assigned. The Center for Enriched Studies at Clearspring Elementary School serves the following attendance areas:

  • Damascus
  • Gaithersburg
  • Magruder
  • Watkins Mill
  • Clarksburg (except Fox Chapel ES and Daly ES)

Transportation

Central Location Stops (limited geographic area) (More about transportation)

MCPS provides transportation from central stops for students in the Elementary Center Programs for the Highly Gifted, from the areas that the programs serve.

 

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Cold Spring

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive process.  Criteria used to evaluate candidates includes an academic examination of student performance at grade three and an outside evaluation. Schools and parents/guardians will receive a letter to consider participation in the selection process in late January or early February.

 


Region

Regional (More about regions)

Each center serves a designated geographic area that is based on high school attendance areas. Your local elementary school can identify the center to which your area is assigned.  

The Center for Enriched Studies at Cold Spring Elementary School serves the following attendance areas:

  • Winston Churchill
  • Thomas S. Wootton

Transportation

Central Location Stops (limited geographic area) (More about transportation)

MCPS provides transportation from central stops for students in the Elementary Center Programs for the Highly Gifted, from the areas that the programs serve.

 

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Drew

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive process.  Criteria used to evaluate candidates includes an academic examination of student performance at grade three and an outside evaluation. Schools and parents/guardians will receive a letter to consider participation in the selection process in late January or early February.

 


Region

Regional (More about regions)

Each center serves a designated geographic area that is based on high school attendance areas. Your local elementary school can identify the center to which your area is assigned.

The Center for Enriched Studies at Drew ES serves the following attendance areas:

  • James Hubert Blake
  • Paint Branch
  • Springbrook
  • Sherwood

Transportation

Central Location Stops (limited geographic area) (More about transportation)

MCPS provides transportation from central stops for students in the Elementary Center Programs for the Highly Gifted, from the areas that the programs serve.

 

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Fox Chapel

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive process.  Criteria used to evaluate candidates includes an academic examination of student performance at grade three and an outside evaluation. Schools and parents/guardians will receive a letter to consider participation in the selection process in late January or early February.

 


Region

Regional (More about regions)

Each center serves a designated geographic area that is based on high school attendance areas. Your local elementary school can identify the center to which your area is assigned.

The Center for Enriched Studies at Fox Chapel ES serves the following attendance areas:

  • Northwest
  • Poolesville
  • Quince Orchard
  • Seneca Valley
  • Fox Chapel ES
  • Daly ES

Transportation

Central Location Stops (limited geographic area) (More about transportation)

MCPS provides transportation from central stops for students in the Elementary Center Programs for the Highly Gifted, from the areas that the programs serve.

 

Related Information

Pine Crest/Oak View

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive process.  Criteria used to evaluate candidates includes an academic examination of student performance at grade three and an outside evaluation. Schools and parents/guardians will receive a letter to consider participation in the selection process in late January or early February.

 


Region

Regional (More about regions)

Each center serves a designated geographic area that is based on high school attendance areas. Your local elementary school can identify the center to which your area is assigned.

The Center for Enriched Studies at  Pine Crest/Oak View Elementary Schools serves the following attendance areas:

  • Montgomery Blair
  • Albert Einstein
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Northwood

Transportation

Central Location Stops (limited geographic area) (More about transportation)

MCPS provides transportation from central stops for students in the Elementary Center Programs for the Highly Gifted, from the areas that the programs serve.

 

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Local Programs

Local Programs

The following schools have Centers for Enriched Studies that serve their local population only.  

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive process.  Criteria used to evaluate candidates includes an academic examination of student performance at grade three and an outside evaluation. Schools and parents/guardians will receive a letter to consider participation in the selection process in late January or early February.

 

  • Rachel Carson ES
  • Piney Branch ES
  • Spark M. Matsunaga ES
  • Stonegate ES 

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