Gifted and Talented Program 

  • Acceleration of instruction  means that students are given a curriculum that is at a higher level above students current grade level; information is more complex and/or more rapidly covered   
  • Enrichment  is defined as giving students the opportunity to learn in greater depth and breadth   
  • Accelerated and enriched instruction aims to:
    •  provide all students capable of doing accelerated instruction or enriched work with the opportunity to do so

Strategies Implemented at CJMS

  • Differentiation 
  • Pre-assessments 
  • Formative assessment (i.e. exit cards, portfolios, Promethean ActiVotes) 
  • Anchor Activities 
  • Flexible Grouping 
  • Tiered Activities 

"NEW" Enriched and Accelerated classes at Cabin John Middle School for 6th Grade students:


  • Historical Inquiry into Global Humanities 6: This course is built around the core Grade 6 social studies curriculum that includes historical content from early civilizations, the empires of Greece and Rome, the dynasties of China, and civilizations of the first millennium.  Cohort students will go beyond this core; however, as they learn additional content, explore deeper connections to today, engage in investigative inquiry to strengthen their writing through Document Based Questions, and enhance their learning through relevant literature connections. 
  • Applied Investigations into Mathematics 6This course is designed to extend students’ understanding of mathematical concepts aligned with Common Core State Standards, accelerating the pace of instruction while diving deeper into concepts at an equal level of intensity.  This is much more than an accelerated mathematics course as the program offers access to many academic competitions and the opportunity to conduct fieldwork.  Students work with an academic cohort to conduct independent inquiries using mathematics, computer science, and the scientific process to solve real-world problems.
We are excited to offer these additional courses in order to provide a more enriched academic experience at Cabin John Middle School.  Students and parents intereste in these offerings should contact their counselor.  

MCPS Accelerated and Enriched Instruction Web site:

Spanish translations are now available to be downloaded from the MCPS website.

Look under "special programs" under the "parents" section in the main section of the site.  Select the program you are interested in and the application should be available on each program's site.

Announcements and Workshops  

Cabin John will be offering the AMC8 test to interested students on November 13, 2018.  Students must sign up to take the test, more information will be shared soon.

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

Practice problems can be found at:    

High School Magnet Information for 8th Grade Students  


High School Magnet Programs for the 2018-2019 School Year           



Interest Meeting  

Application Due  

Testing Date  

Montgomery Blair Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet  

Monday, October 9, 2017, 7pm at Blair HS


Friday, November 3, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Additional information:          

Richard Montgomery International Baccalaureate Programs  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7pm at RMHS

Friday, November 3, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Additional information:          

Poolesville Global Ecology Magnet Program  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Last name A-M Parent Information Meeting 5pm 

Last name N-Z - Parent Information Meeting 7pm

Friday, November 3, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Additional information:           

If you have any questions, or need help with the application process, please contact Mrs. Lisa Alderoty and Mrs. Addi Davis 


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