Do you know a student who…
- Is going into 4th or 5th grade?
- Learns easily and quickly?
- Thinks up unusual ways to solve hard problems?
- Has a clever sense of humor?
- Dislikes doing the same thing over and over?
- Thinks logically and wants things to make sense?
- Is open to new ideas?
- Is persistent and wants to keep trying with difficult tasks?
Open House | Brookdale Elementary | February 26 from 6:30-7:30pm
Services for eligible and selected students are provided on site at Brookdale Elementary through a self-contained program, Project Excel. Project Excel provides appropriately challenging curriculum and assignments requiring research through accelerated study. The referral process for Project Excel begins in March and student selection completed in May. Students are recommended by either parents, guardians, community members or teachers. Students are selected based on recommendations, standardized test scores and previous program experience.
Students entering 4th and 5th grade, are recommended by either parents, guardians, community members or teachers. Referral packets are available in elementary school offices or you can complete the online form (linked above). The referral packet includes a parent permission to administer the CogAT and writing sample to their student. The Cognitive Abilities Test and writing sample are two pieces of information used for program selection and will take place during the school day mid-March.
A multidisciplinary selection committee meets and reviews all on-time referral forms, compiles data and determines student selection for Highly Capable Program services. In accordance with state requirements, the committee uses multiple objective criteria to identify those students who are among the most highly capable. Selection is based on review of recommendations, standardized test scores and previous program experience. Standardized test scores include but are not limited to: cognitive abilities assessments, district achievement data, and state achievement data. A single assessment score or indicator will not prevent a student’s selection for the Highly Capable Program.
All referred students will be notified in writing of their selection status in late May.
- How do I refer a student for highly capable programs?
- What are some characteristics of a highly capable student?
- My student was referred in the past and was not eligible for highly capable services, can I refer them again?
- My student was referred by a teacher, do I (as the parent or guardian) need to do anything else?
- What is the CogAT?
- Should my student study before taking the CogAT?
- Does my student need to requalify for services every year?
- I am transferring my student(s) to Franklin Piece Schools next year, can I refer my student for testing?
- Does the district provide transportation to Brookdale for Project Excel?
- How can I be involved in my student’s highly capable program success?
Highly capable students perform or show potential for performing at significantly advance academic levels when compared with others of their age, experience and environments. Click here for a chart of characteristics which help identify characteristics of highly capable students.
The Cognitive Abilities Test measures a student’s reasoning skills in three parts. The first is verbal and tests a student’s vocabulary, as well as their comprehension of ideas, efficiency and verbal memory, and ability to discover word relationships. The second part tests student’s quantitative reasoning and problem solving ability and provides an appraisal of their general level of abstract reasoning. The third part is non-verbal and uses geometric shapes, paper folding and figures and requires students to construct analogies based on a sequence of images. Click here to view sample CogAT items.
We can only assess students currently attending Franklin Pierce Schools. Transfer students may be referred when they begin attending and will be assessed during the next selection process. If your student is currently participating in a highly capable program and is transferring to Franklin Pierce Schools, please let the school know when you register your student. Your student’s documentation of participation in previous highly capable program, testing data and academic achievement support data will be reviewed by the committee to determine placement and if selection criteria are met, your student will be enrolled as program space allows.