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The Office of Special Programs
40 S Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8900 ext 8950
Fax 301.334.7642

Gifted & Talented Program

Garrett County Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program extends our county’s mission by meeting the unique educational needs of identified students through the development of individual students’ emerging strengths in order to provide meaningful, life-long experiences.
Garrett County Public Schools will assure that gifted children grow socially, emotionally, and academically to become well-adjusted, contributing members of society by providing opportunities that allow students to:
  • Become successful lifelong learners
  • Cultivate student potential
  • Construct his/her own knowledge

Elementary Schools
Secondary Schools
Please contact your child's G/T Point of Contact for specific school-based information.

Criteria used for admission into the GCPS GT Program:
  • Lexile Score cuts scores at the following grades:
    • Grade 2 - 940
    • Grade 5 - 1120
    • Grade 8 - 1335
What is a Lexile Score?
A student's Lexile score is his/her reading ability level or the measure of how difficult a text.
  • Math Inventory cut scores at the following grades:
    • Grade 2 - 629Q
    • Grade 5 - 970Q
    • Grade 8 - 1248Q
What is a Math Inventory cut score?
The Math Inventory is a computer-adaptive screener that measures a student's readiness for math instruction. Math Inventory tracks progress from kindergarten mathematics through Algebra II. Garrett County Public Schools students in grades K-9 are screened at least three times per school year to assist teachers with personalizing their instruction. The Math Inventory reports a Quantile measure for each student.
What is a Quantile Measure?
A quantile measure indicates the student's readiness for standards-based math instruction. The Quantile framework works like a number line, where students can score below zero as an emerging mathematician (EM) or to above zero up to 1600Q. Performance bands are established for each grade level and assist with academic planning and analysis.
  • CogAT Composite Score of 8 or 9;
  • Local CogAT norm score (example: 77)
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a multiple-choice test designed to measure a child’s academic aptitude as well as cognitive development and problem-solving skills. The test is made up of three sections, called batteries, which can be administered separately or together, depending on the school test coordinator. The batteries include:
  1. Verbal Battery
  2. Quantitative Battery
  3. Nonverbal Battery
From the test results, teachers can gain insight into their students’ intellectual abilities. They can shape and modify instruction to match how students learn, use the results to form enrichment programs that pique students' interest and challenge their thinking, as well as find the gaps between student achievement and ability.

Garrett County Public Schools offers a wide range of acceleration and enrichment opportunities to its students.
Not only are some of these opportunities available in our Gifted and Talented Program but also as an extention to the learning opportunities found at the school and within the school's community.
(School specific programs/opportunites are identified by school initials.)
  • Bee Habitat (RF)
  • Daily News Broadcast
  • Field Trips
  • Honor Band
  • Honor Chorus
  • Hydroponics
  • Maple Production (FV)
  • ORFF Ensemble
  • Pull-out Programs
  • Research Projects (RF)
  • Rhythm & Rubbish Band (BF and CR)
  • School Gardens
  • Steel Drums (CR)
  • Student Driven Outreach Projects
  • Be the Change (BF)
  • Trout Unlimited (FV and CR)
  • Writing Contests (RF)
  • Young Researchers’ Institute (CR)
  • Advanced Art
  • Algebra 1B-M
  • English 6, 7, & 8 Honors
  • Field trips
  • Geography Bee
  • Geometry
  • Honor Band
  • Honor Chorus
  • Individually mentored projects
  • Lego/Robotics
  • Math 6 & 7 Honors
  • Morning News
  • National History Day
  • PLTW (Project Lead the Way)
  • Science Fair
  • Science 6, 7, & 8 Honors
  • Social Studies 6, 7, & 8 Honors
  • Spelling Bee
  • Student Council
  • Theater
  • Writing Competition
  • Yearbook
  • Advanced Art: Drawing and Painting
  • Advanced Art: Sculpting and Printmaking
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
  • Contemporary Problems
  • Creative Writing
  • Dual Enrollment Courses- Garrett College
  • Envirothon
  • Field Trips
  • Honors Band
  • Honors Chorus
  • Journalism
  • Lego/Robotics
  • Literary Art Magazine - "Voices from the Vault" and "The Ram Page"
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Morning News
  • National History Club
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Skills USA Competitions- CTE
  • Stock Market
  • Student Council
  • Studio Art
  • The Mathletes
  • Yearbook
For additional information about any of the the above programs or enrichment opportunities, please see the links below: