January GT Liaison Meeting & CES Update

Information regarding the Center for Enriched Studies (CES) (formerly the Center for the Highly Gifted) was recently mailed directly to all parents of Grade 3 students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  As stated in that letter, all Grade 3 students will be centrally reviewed for potential candidacy for the CES rather than parents/guardians submitting an application.  MCPS offers both regional and local programs.  All Grade 3 students will be considered for a regional CES program, which is based on their address, unless they attend a school that houses a local program. 

  • Schools that currently house a regional program include:  Lucy V. Barnsley, Chevy Chase, Clearspring, Cold Spring, Charles R. Drew, Fox Chapel, Mill Creek Towne, Oak View, and Pine Crest elementary schools.
  • Schools that currently house a local program include: Rachel Carson, Piney Branch, Spark M. Matsunaga, and Stonegate elementary schools.  

Students who demonstrate an overall above average academic profile will be considered for one of the seats in the CES.  You will be notified in early February as to whether your child will be considered for the CES.  Upon notification, you will have the option of requesting or declining CES testing.  Testing will occur in February 2020, at your child’s school, with selection results occurring in late March. 

There will be a parent information meeting about the CES on January 15, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at:

Gaithersburg High School: 101 Education Boulevard Gaithersburg, Maryland  20877

The meeting also will be live streamed on the MCPS homepage and will be posted on the MCPS website.