Academically Talented (AT)
About the Program
TCAPS’ Academically Talented (AT) program provides a learning community where each student is surrounded by a peer group of academically gifted learners throughout the day. This environment is one of the key elements identified as being essential to a successful gifted education program. TCAPS’ AT program provides essential peer stimuli allowing the children to learn and share their ideas as well as enhances their emotional growth.
Special programs for identified talented and gifted students are available for students in grades 4 through 12. "Gifted students" programs are enriched and accelerated academically. TCAPS' programs recognize that gifted students often need help in areas of self-esteem, working cooperatively, and learning to challenge themselves and each other, all in an environment which will help them grow and reach their full potential.
In grades 4 & 5 students identified as talented and gifted are offered the opportunity to attend a magnet school located at Central Grade School. At the middle school level, Academically Talented (AT) classes are offered in the four core academic areas: math, science, social studies and language arts. Each middle school offers one class in each subject at each grade level for students in the Talented and Gifted Program. At the high school level, Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in almost all curricular areas, and many students may pursue honors level courses, at Northwestern Michigan College.
Students are screened for the Talented & Gifted programs in the spring. East Middle School testing will take place on February 1, 2014. West Middle School testing will take place on January 25, 2014. Make-up test dates will be May 20, 21, 22, 2014. Recommendations for admission to the program are based on multiple measures such as pertinent testing scores and teacher input that are then put through a matrix process to determine eligibility. For questions relating to test registration, please contact: East Middle School - Mandy Samuelson, 231.933.7396 or West Middle School - Barb Parker, 231.933.8223.
Parents whose child did not receive a recommendation may request the district to reconsider their child’s eligibility for the program if they feel the district may not have had knowledge of additional information that may impact eligibility, such as outside testing, participation in a gifted program outside of the state or district, or attendance at an academic camp where an application process was required. There are two windows of opportunity for an appeal - please check the dates on the appeal form. To request an appeal, please complete an appeal form (click here to download the appeal form) or contact Beth Still at email@example.com or 231.933.1761.
*See schedule of testing dates below.
Test dates for 2014 are as follows:
- January 25, 2014 - West Middle School
Contact: Barb Parker, 231.933.8223
- February 1, 2014 - East Middle School
Contact: Mandy Samuelson, 231.933.7396
- May 20-22, 2014 - Make-Up Dates