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    Gifted Education


    The mission of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program is to challenge and nurture each of our advanced learners with differentiated educational experiences that will enable them to grow as dynamic thinkers, creative problem solvers and compassionate leaders. We contend that intelligence is not a fixed asset and that whatever their point of entry into our teaching and learning environment, our advanced and high potential learners will be afforded learning opportunities that challenge and inspire them to grow academically, intellectually, socially and emotionally.


    The CHCCS Gifted Program serves academically or intellectually advanced learners who achieve or show the potential to achieve at levels well above their age and grade peers. These learners may require education services beyond those provided in the core educational program. Academically or intellectually advanced learners are found in students from every cultural, racial and economic background.


    Children who need gifted services may consistently exhibit many of these or similar characteristics in exceptional ways. They may:

    ·         Show a strong thirst for learning and may seek ways to feed this thirst independently.

    ·         Ask complex questions.

    ·         Be very creative and curious.

    ·         Have intense interests in or hyper-focus on a particular area or topic.

    ·         Grasp information quickly with little need for repetition.

    ·         Show advanced reasoning & problem solving skills.

    ·         Display strong spatial reasoning.

    ·         Show social and/or emotional perceptiveness beyond their age.

    ·         Display leadership capability.


    There are five service options in CHCCS to meet the needs of advanced learners. For more detailed information about each option, please see The Parent Guide to Gifted Education in CHCCS on the district website.

    KINDERGARTEN TALENT DEVELOPMENT is a pilot program in K this year.  No nomination is needed for this option.  Students will participate without formal identification. Talent Development Services aim first to, find high achieving students and assure curriculum is appropriately differentiated to meet their needs, and secondly, to support the district’s goals to socialize intelligence, create an effort-based paradigm, and within a commitment to a knowledge core, build in high thinking demand with all very young students. Talent Development seeks to locate, lift up and further develop students who have the aptitude for high level thinking and achievement, but a lack of background content exposure may mask their abilities.

    ACADEMIC NURTURING and ENRICHMENT (NE) services are provided for grade 1- 5 students who demonstrate high potential to develop the skills for advanced study. NE is our district’s recognition and cultivation of high potential for advanced learning, prior to formal gifted identification in Grade 3. Across grades 1-2, Gifted Education Specialists (GES) collaborate with classroom teachers to provide rigorous, high level learning experiences to all students. They document a series of observations for gifted potential and combine these with school assessment data and performance tasks in a nurturing portfolio. For those students who show emerging talent for advanced learning, the portfolio is used to support formal gifted nomination in 3rd grade. NE students are served primarily by the classroom teacher supported by the GES in flexible groups in the core classroom. (Services in 1-5)

    GIFTED EDUCATION (GE) services are provided for students who demonstrate achievement in reading and/or math that often exceeds the expected performance of their grade level. GE students are provided differentiated instruction and enrichment experiences based on data driven demonstrated need. Services are provided by the classroom teacher and supported by the GES.  (Nominations in grades 3-12)

    HIGHLY GIFTED EDUCATION (HGE) services are provided for students whose demonstrated achievement in reading or math consistently exceeds the expected grade-level performance before instruction. HGE students are served by classroom teachers supported by the gifted specialist in flexible cluster groups. They receive specialized services in the area of need as described in their Individual Differentiated Education Plan (IDEP). (Nominations in grades 3-12)

    LEARNING ENVIRONMENT for ADVANCED PROGRAMMING (LEAP) services are provided for HGE students in grades 4-8 who are consistently exceeding grade level performance expectations before instruction in reading, math and application in other subject areas. The student has demonstrated profound learning needs that require a setting different from their grade-level classroom.  LEAP is a district level program housed in district-designated schools. Gifted certified teachers serve these students in self-contained classrooms. (Nominations in grades 3-7 for placement in the following school year.)


    The referral (nomination) process is ongoing in grades 1-12.  Students can be nominated through school screening or by parents, community members, or by self-nomination (older students).

    School Screening – Classroom teachers and/or the GES use school-administered assessments including a standardized aptitude test at Grade 3, EOG tests results (Grades 4-8) and a variety of school-based achievement measures to determine whether a child should be considered for gifted education. Parents are notified and given the option to pursue further assessment for gifted services.

    Parent, Community Member, Self-nomination – Parents or others may nominate a child based on qualifying aptitude and/or achievement tests, a student portfolio or identification in a previous school district. Nomination forms may be obtained from the district website at http://www.chccs.k12.nc.us/groups/gifted-education or from the GES in your child’s school.


    Students NEW to CHCCS with documented participation in a gifted program in their previous district will be cluster grouped in their enrolled school and served with district-identified students until a formal evaluation can be completed during the March gifted nomination and identification window. ALL DISTRICT students, not previously identified or who are seeking LEAP placement, may be nominated from August 25 to February 28.  Nominations for GE, HGE and LEAP options are submitted during this period. Nomination forms and more specific information about all gifted options is available on the district website. Please refer to these documents and information before submitting nominations.


    For more information read The Parent Guide to Gifted Education in CHCCS or:

    ·         Contact the Gifted Education Specialist at your child’s school.

    ·         Contact your child’s Classroom or Team Teacher.

    ·         Contact your child’s School Administrator.

    ·         Use the “Contact Us” link at http://www.chccs.k12.nc.us/groups/gifted-education

    ·         Contact the Coordinator of Gifted Programs chouse@chccs.k12.nc.us

    Contact Gifted Education


    M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm


    Gifted Program Advisory Council (GPAC)
    The Gifted Program Advisory Council is comprised of parent representation from each school in addition to one district-wide PAGE (Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education) member and teacher, Gifted Education Specialist, and administrator representation.

    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, October 8 

    Third grade administration of Naglieri Nonverbal Aptitude Test (NNAT2).
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    Contact Information

    Susan Brandt sbrandt@chccs.k12.nc.us
    Secretary - AVID/Gifted Services, School Leadership, Instructional Services
    Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
    Camille House chouse@chccs.k12.nc.us
    Coordinator, Gifted Education, Instructional Services
    Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools