Talented & Gifted Program

About TAG

TCAPS’ Talented and Gifted Program (TAG), provides a learning community where each student is surrounded by a peer group of academically talented and gifted learners throughout the day. This unique environment is one of the key elements identified as being essential to a successful talented and gifted education program. TCAPS’ TAG program provides essential peer stimuli allowing 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. 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.

Screening Process

Students are screened for the Talented & Gifted program in the spring of their third grade year. Recommendations to the TAG and AT programs are based primarily on test scores, in addition to teacher input.

CogAT Test Registration

Registration deadline for the CogAT test: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

TCAPS Student Testing Information

TCAPS will administer the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) for any current TCAPS 3rd grade student interested in TAG. Testing will take place in the child’s home school from February 1 – February 12, 2016. Please contact your home school to determine specific testing information. TCAPS students must be registered online or return a signed PDF Documentconsent form to their home school prior to January 20, 2016, in order to be tested with the CogAT.

Non-TCAPS Student Testing Information

Testing for Non-TCAPS 3rd grade students will take place at the TCAPS Tompkins Boardman Administration Center, 412 Webster Street, from February 3 – February 5, 2016. To register a 3rd grade non-TCAPS student for TAG testing, contact the Associate Superintendent’s Office at 231.933.1777.

Academically Talented Testing Registration

Current 5th, 6th and 7th grade students interested in taking the CogAT test in order to participate in Academically Talented courses next school year, may register here.