Gifted and Talented Programming

As part of the DCSD Universal Screening process and our commitment to equitable identification for gifted programming, DCSD will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) during the weeks of Feb. 8 - March 5, 2021. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. Please see below for specific information based on your child’s current grade. 


 2nd Grade Universal Screen
As part of this process, ALL students in 2nd grade who have not been identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of March 1st, 2021.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with more detailed information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing
If your child is in grades K, 1, 3, 4, 5 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process. NOTE: Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification. Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE  no later than Wednesday January 27, 2021. Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.

6th Grade Universal Screen from November 2020 -  Makeups
ACS Students were not able to take the test in November and will take the CogAT during this February window

eLearners 

Families with students currently enrolled in eLearning will receive detailed information about their CogAT testing options and logistics directly from Mrs. James. 

 

Please see the following for additional information linked below:

2020 - 2021 Spring CogAT UNIVERSAL Screening Letter


 The 'universal testing year' is the last year of elementary school within the school building, which varies by location. 6th Grade is the last year of elementary school at Academy Charter School.

Gifted and Talented Program

Academy Charter School (ACS) is dedicated to high-quality gifted/talented and enrichment programming that will serve as a model for other Charter schools in the district, state, and county.

Meet the ACS Gifted and Talented Team

Melinda Kennedy is the GT Facilitator and the GT program lead. She has 25 years of teaching experience and has worked with students as a classroom teacher, a technology specialist, and a gifted and talented teacher. Melinda joined ACS in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and the Gifted Education Specialist endorsement.  

Contact: kennedym@academycharter.org

Hillary Fendrich is the Enrichment Teacher. She works with kindergarten through eighth grade. Hillary joined ACS in 2015. She has a Bachelor's degree in Geology, a Master's degree in Elementary Education, and a Science Endorsement, 7-12. She is an ACS alumni. 

Contact: fendrichh@academycharter.org

Please click through the tabs below to learn more about:
-Gifted and Talented Definition
-Gifted Identification
-Programing objectives
-Resources

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