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Talented and Gifted (TAG)

Differentiated services beyond the regular curriculum will be provided for children in grades K-12 whose accomplishments and/or demonstrated abilities indicate the need for such services.

"Gifted students" means those students in public elementary and secondary schools, beginning with kindergarten through graduation, whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special programs to meet their educational needs.

Overview of TAG Program Screening Process

Who can be eligible for the TAG Program?

A student who shows evidence of superior performance and exceptional academic potential. This includes:

What does my child do to qualify for TAG?

Students are referred to the TAG Program. Referrals may result from ability tests given to all students in grades 1 and 3, along with assessment data in K thru 5. Referrals may also be submitted by parents, teachers, or community members during the first ninety (90) days of the school year.

Once referred, students must show evidence of superior performance in at least three of the qualifying criteria, one of which MUST be a standardized test (including):

When does the TAG Program support students?

Kindergarten through 3rd grade: those who exhibit superior General Intellectual Aptitude (GIA)

4th through 12th grade: those who show superior achievement in Specific Academic Aptitude (SAA) (in language arts, math, science or social studies)

ACPS TAG Program services include:

Grades K-3: General Intellectual Aptitude (GIA)

Enriched & integrated classroom activities designed to enhance creativity and problem-solving without being specifically tied to any one subject area.

Grades 4*-5: Specific Academic Aptitude (SAA)

Math and Language Arts
Direct instruction from a teacher who specializes in teaching talented and gifted children with a curriculum that is accelerated and significantly above grade-level expectations.

Science and Social Studies
Differentiated Educational Plans (DEPs) outline individual enrichment & extension activities to be completed in the general education classroom.

* For rising 4th grade GIA students, a new referral is required to transition to SAA services, otherwise GIA services continue.

Grades 6-12: Specific Academic Aptitude (SAA)

Talented and Gifted Department Description (PDF)

  • Screening
  • Referral
  • Permission for Assessment
  • Data Collection
  • Placement Committee Review
  • Notification
  • Students placed in appropriate curriculum
  • Appeals are possible within ten (10) school days
  • All ACPS students, K-12
  • All genders, cultures & backgrounds
  • All English Language Learners
  • Ability Test
  • Achievement Test
  • Classroom Grades
  • Characteristics & Classroom Behaviors
  • Advanced Transfer Tasks
  • Online Courses
  • Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Classes
  • Independent Study
  • Dual-Enrollment in college courses
  • Access to Summer Residential Governors School


TAG Resources


Gifted Organizations, Contacts and Research Centers

Video: Parenting Gifted Children

Dr. Jim Delisle - Parenting Gifted Kids
Workshop Handouts: English (PDF) | Español (PDF)

Talented & Gifted (TAG) Program Contacts

Screening Appeals Information

TAG Audits

ACPS believes that students among all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups should be provided with an education that enables them to achieve excellence, developing their abilities to the fullest.