G/T Program General Information

Howard County High School Program

Each high school has one G/T resource teacher  who coordinates the following courses.

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Independent Research Course Description

Independent Research is a college-level course in which students design an original research study or creative production in self-selected areas of interest. Students learn advanced-level research methodologies and college-level writing and oral presentation skills. Under the guidance of the G/T resource teacher, each student identifies a problem and formulates a research question. Student researchers address identified problems, answer research questions, and communicate the results of their creative achievements to appropriate audiences. Students collaborate and receive ongoing feedback from professionals in their selected areas of study.

G/T Intern/Mentor Program Description

The G/T Intern/Mentor Program is a college-level course in which students design an original research study or creative production. Students study off-campus with a professional mentor in a self-selected area of interest. Student research or creative production focuses on contributing new knowledge to the field of study. The G/T resource teacher facilitates classroom and internship experiences, focusing on advanced-level research methodologies and college-level writing and oral presentation skills. At the mentor site, students apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in an authentic, professional environment. Interested students contact the G/T resource teacher to secure an application and schedule an interview. Placement decisions are contingent upon the availability of mentors in the specific field of study.

Program Goals

The Gifted and Talented Program seeks to recognize and develop talents in advanced-level learners. The following goals are established to offer a continuum of program services for advanced-level learners.

  • Ensure that gifted education services are an integral part of the general education program.
  • Provide differentiated instruction and curriculum to continuously improve student achievement and performance.
  • Provide for the social and emotional needs of advanced-level learners.
  • Recognize and develop diverse abilities and talents.
  • Provide comprehensive professional development for its teachers to help them meet the unique needs of advanced-level students.

These goals are based on gifted program standards and content goals of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Maryland Learning Outcomes, and the Howard County Essential Curriculum.

Why are there so many course numbers?

Because students can take these courses repeatedly, they have to assign then new numbers so they get “new credit” on their transcript. 

Independent Research:

  • 195M – a student enrolling in Independent Research for the first time
  • 196M – a student enrolling in Independent Research for the second time (repeating the class the next school year)
  • 197M – a student enrolling in Independent Research for the third time (repeating again, for a third school year)

 Intern/Mentor:

  • 191M – a student enrolling in Intern/Mentor for 1 credit for the first time
  • 192M – a student enrolling in Intern/Mentor for 2 credits for the first time
  • 193M – a student enrolling in Intern/Mentor for 1 credit for the second time (repeating 191M the next school year)
  • 194M – a student enrolling in Intern/Mentor for 2 credits for the second time (repeating 192M the next school year)

G/T Courses - Content Specific

Each high school offers G/T courses in English, science, mathematics, social studies, computer science, foreign language, art, and research. Included in the high school course selections are advanced placement courses. Students who score well on an advanced placement examination at the end of the course may be granted advanced placement status or college credit upon entering a college or university. Students enroll in G/T and advanced placement courses based on course prerequisites. These are taught by content teachers in various departments. A detailed description of specific G/T courses and prerequisites can be found in High School Program of Studies. The Guidance Department at each school can also assist in registration for these courses.