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Division Statement of Philosophy for the Education of Gifted Students


The mission of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is for every student to graduate career and college ready and become a productive, responsible citizen. MCPS inspires learning by providing a nurturing environment, positive relationships, high expectations, and continuous growth. This mission and vision are accomplished through the implementation of the Model of Effective Instruction, with a focus on core values of:

  •     physical safety and emotional well being

  •     mutual trust and respect

  •     open communication

  •     accountability

  •     engagement and life-long learning

We believe gifted students are those whose aptitudes and potential for higher levels of academic accomplishment are so outstanding that they require differentiated curriculum, courses, services, and opportunities to meet their educational needs. Using multiple criteria, MCPS identifies K-12 gifted learners in the specific academic areas of English and Mathematics. The identification of academically gifted and talented students spans all populations, including those students who are economically disadvantaged, have a disability, have limited English proficiency, and/or are culturally diverse.

The gifted staff of Montgomery County Public Schools is committed to a rigorous and innovative instructional program for gifted learners, provided along a continuum, which fosters the highest level of excellence and recognizes the right of each student to receive intellectual challenge appropriate for his/her capabilities.

Utilizing a cluster/resource model, the gifted staff works within the MCPS model of inclusion by collaborating with classroom teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators to employ appropriate differentiation in curriculum and instruction and encourage high-ability students toward realizing their full academic and career potential.

Revised 10/2016

Montgomery County Public Schools does not discriminate in its programs and activities for reasons of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, age, or on any other basis prohibited by law. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Human Resources and Assistant Superintendent for Operations  
750 Imperial Street SE, Christiansburg, VA 24073   (540)382-5100


Diane Naff,
Supervisor 
Gifted Programs
dnaff@mcps.org 
Phone: (540) 382-5100 
    ext: 1046
Fax: (540) 381-6127
Va Gifted Conference 2013

Cynthia Saferight, 
Administrative Assistant
csaferight@mcps.org