MCPS Gifted Program

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 the the MCPS Model for Effective Instruction, with a focus on core values of:

physical safety and emotional well being

mutual trust and respect

open communication


engagement and life-long learning

cultural diversity

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 MCPS 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 in grades K-8, 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.

***An updated Division Statement of Philosophy for the Education of Gifted Students from the 2020-2025 Gifted Plan will be added upon School Board approval.

Revised 9/2017

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