Academically Talented (AT)

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 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 AT programs in the spring. Recommendations to the TAG and AT programs are based primarily on test scores, in addition to teacher input. [PDF DocumentAcademically Talented Appeal Form]

CogAT Test Registration

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

Registration at the above link must be submitted in order for your current 5th, 6th, or 7th grade student to be tested with the CogAT. Additional information can be found at

CogAT Testing Dates

  • East Middle School – Current Grades 5, 6, 7: February 6, 2016
    Contact Amber Laakko at 231.933.7396 for more information.
  • West Middle School – Current Grade 5 Only: February 13, 2016
    Contact Barb Parker at 231.933.8200 for more information.
  • West Middle School – Current Grades 6-7: February 18, 2016
    Contact Barb Parker at 231.933.8200 for more information.

For More Information

Contact the Associate Superintendent’s Office at 231.933.1777.