Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program

  • Update on TAG Screening:

    The TAG office is extending the deadline for TAG screening and notification due to snow days, server work, quarantined screening committee members, and TAG designees/and committee members assisting with classroom coverage. New deadlines for notification are as follows: 

    • Grades 1-8: Parents/guardians will receive eligibility communication by February 10, 2022.   
    • Grades K: Parents/guardians will receive eligibility communication by February 22, 2022.    
  • Screening Timeline and Overview for the 2021-2022 School Year

  • Cronograma de Evaluación y Visión General del Año Escolar 2021-2022

  • مواعيد الفحص ونظرة عامة على البرامج المقدمة للعام الدراسي 2021-2022

  • ለ2021-22 የትምህርት ዓመት፣ የምርመራ-መምረጫ የጊዜ-አቀማመጥ እና አጠቃላይ ምልከታ

  • 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. 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

    • Screening
    • Referral
    • Permission for Assessment
    • Data Collection
    • Placement Committee Review
    • Notification
    • Students placed in appropriate curriculum
    • Appeals are possible within ten (10) school days

    Who can be eligible for the TAG Program?

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

    • All ACPS students, K-12
    • All genders, cultures & backgrounds
    • All English Language Learners

    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):

    • Ability Test
    • Achievement Test
    • Classroom Grades
    • Characteristics & Classroom Behaviors
    • Advanced Transfer Tasks

    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)

    • Online Courses
    • Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Classes
    • Independent Study
    • Dual-Enrollment in college courses
    • Access to Summer Residential Governors School

    Talented and Gifted Department Description (PDF)


    Dr. Megan Tempel-Milner
    Talented and Gifted and Advanced Academics Programs, Director
    ACPS Central Office, 4th Floor
    1340 Braddock Place
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314

    Tiana Dominick
    Talented and Gifted Instructional Specialist
    ACPS Central Office, 4th Floor
    1340 Braddock Road Place
    Alexandria, VA 22302