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Accelerated and Enriched Instruction

Montgomery County Public Schools is committed to providing rigorous instructional programs that encourage all students to realize their full potential as learners. A continuum of programs and services are provided.

Students’ learning may be enriched and accelerated; and, students may participate in advanced-level coursework at their local schools. Instruction is differentiated to provide all students appropriate pacing and support necessary for advanced-level learning.

Students may also attend special programs such as centers for enriched studies, magnet programs, or specialized programs, based on their interest and talent.   




Parent Input Form for GT Identification Now Open - Respond by  February 29, 2024

Parents of students in Grades 2, 3, 5, and 7 who are part of the gifted and talented screening or rescreening process recently received a letter in the US Mail and on ParentVue with information about completing the Parent Input Form.  This form must be completed by February 29, 2024 to be considered in the screening process for the current school year. 

Directions for accessing and completing the form are in the letter and shown in the video below. Parents/guardians will need the student’s MCPS Google login information to complete the form. 

Parent Input Form

For more information about the criteria for gifted and talented designation and answers to frequently asked questions, please read:  Understanding the Gifted and Talented Identification Process (2023-2024)

Updated 01/29/2024

CogAT Testing for Grade 2 Students Delayed

The administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) has been delayed until after winter break. Testing, including make-up testing dates, was initially scheduled for November 28 - December 15. Additional communication regarding the new testing window will be forthcoming.

CogAT is being used as part of the Universal Screening for Gifted and Talented Identification in Grade 2 only. 

Updated 11/16/2023

Enriched Literacy Curriculum (ELC) 2023-2024

To address the needs of academically gifted and advanced readers at the local school level, MCPS expanded the ELC  to all comprehensive K-5 elementary schools. The schools that were added during the 2023-2024 school year began implementing the ELC in grade 4 and will add ELC to grade 5 during the 2024-2025 school year.

Updated 11/16/2024

AEI Highlights

Elementary Programs
Local Enrichment, Enriched Literacy Curriculum, Centers for Enriched Studies

Middle School Programs
 Local Enriched Courses in Math and World Studies, Magnet Programs,

 High School Programs
Magnet Programs

 Twice Exceptional Students and Services
Frequently Asked Questions, Publications and Resources about gifted students with disabilities (e.g. GT/LD)

Policies and Processes
Links to MCPS gifted and talented policies and processes including GT Identification 

Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) School Awards Program- This program honors exceptional elementary, middle, and high schools that offer gifted and telented programs aligned with the objectives and criteria of the Maryland Criteria for Excellence:  Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines and Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.04.07 Gifted and Talented Education.  The following MCPS schools have been named EGATE schools:

  • Chevy Chase Elementary School (2016 EGATE School)
  • Montgomery Blair High School (2010 EGATE School)

About Accelerated and Enriched Instruction
AEI Vision, Mission and MCPS GT Policies

Accelerated and Enriched Instruction

850 Hungerford Drive,
Room 259
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Fax: 301-279-3529
Telephone: 240-740-3110

Curriculum and Instructional Programs,  Office of Teaching, Learning, and Schools.


For Parents & Students

Resources for Parents and Students 


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