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Centers for Enriched Studies

Updates

Results letters for the Grade 3 Central Review and, if applicable, the CES Lottery were placed in the US Mail on Wednesday 3/30/2020.  Letters will also be available in ParentVue by Friday 4/1/2020. Please review the updated FAQs for more information.

 Information for the 2021-2022 School Year


Top 5 Things to Know About Grade 4 Enriched Literacy and CES

Las 5 cosas principales que debe saber sobre la literatura enriquecida de 4to. grado y CES

The central (universal) review process that occurs during Grade 3 is designed to review student academic profiles and identify students who may need enriched literacy services for Grades 4 and 5.  Students identified for needing enriched literacy services will be guaranteed services in their local elementary school or placed in one of the regional Centers for Enriched Studies (CES).   

Local and regional elementary school programs offer enriched literacy programming that enriches and extends the MCPS curriculum.   The local services occur in one of two ways:  ELC (Enriched Literacy Curriculum) or Benchmark Advance with Enrichment.   The regional program, CES, is offered in 13 different sites throughout the county. Students who attend a regional site attend this school full time.  There are nine regional programs and four local programs.  A student’s home address determines which CES site they are eligible for.

  1. There is no application or action for families of Grade 3.

  2. The central review will consider student data such as report cards, MAP-R scores (locally normed), student services, and reading level.  

  3. The central review will occur after the close of the Winter MAP Window.  The lottery will occur in mid-March.  Families will receive results letters the week of March 28, 2022.

  4. This process is separate from the math course placement process and the Gifted and Talented designation process.

  5. Gifted and Talented designation is not a consideration or requirement for participation in the CES lottery process. 

 For more information, send an email to:

  • DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org questions about the central review and the lottery process

  • AEIQuestions@mcpsmd.org questions about the CES curriculum and the GT Identification process

 
Last Updated: March 31,  2022

 

CES 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 criteria based process.  The process uses multiple measures and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students.   

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:

  • Richard Montgomery
  • Rockville
  • Wheaton
  • MSMC Feeder Schools (Brookhaven ES, Georgian Forest ES, Harmony Hills ES, Sargent Shriver ES, Strathmore ES, Viers Mill ES, Weller Road ES, and Wheaton Woods ES) 

Transportation

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

MCPS provides transportation from central stops for students in the Centers for Enriched Studies, parents may need to provide transportation to the central stop.

 

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Chevy Chase

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive criteria based process.  The process uses multiple measures and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students. 


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
  • Walter Johnson

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 criteria based process.  The process uses multiple measures and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students. 


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
  • Clarksburg

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 criteria based process.  The process uses multiple measures and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students. 

 


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 criteria based process.  The process uses multiple measures and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students. 

 


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.

 

Related Information

 

Fox Chapel

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive criteria based process.  The process uses multiple measures and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students. 


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

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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Mill Creek Towne

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive criteria based process.  The process uses multiple measures and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students. 

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 Mill Creek Towne Elementary School serves the following attendance areas:

  • Gaithersburg
  • Magruder
  • Watkins Mill

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

 

Oak View

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive criteria based process.  The process uses multiple measures and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students. 

 


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  Oak View Elementary School serves the following attendance areas:

Base schools at:

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

Elementary Schools:

  • East Silver Spring
  • Flora Singer
  • Forest Knolls
  • Highland View
  • Oak View
  • Rolling Terrace
  • Sligo Creek
  • Woodlin

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

Admission

Application (More about admissions)

Admission to the Centers for Enriched Studies is a competitive criteria based process.  The process uses multiple criteria and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students. Families will receive information and admission information in January 2022.


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:

Base schools of:

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

Elementary Schools:

  • Arcola
  • Glen Haven
  • Glenallan
  • Highland
  • Oakland Terrace
  • Pine Crest
  • Rock View
  • Kemp Mill

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

 

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 criteria based process.  The process uses multiple criteria and begins with a universal review of all current MCPS Grade 3 students.

 

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