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    The Winchester Public Schools K-12 Gifted (EXCEL) program emphasizes EXcellence, Creativity, Enrichment, and Leadership. Appropriate learning pathways are provided to gifted students through a continuum of services and options. Learning opportunities are designed to be open-ended so that they may be tailored to the talents and interests of students. The goal is to engage students in comprehensive study for which the rate of learning, content, and high level processing skills are adjusted to provide an individualized program commensurate with the needs of each intellectually gifted student.

    Teachers are trained to look for gifted characteristics in all students, but students may also be referred to the EXCEL program by parents, community members, professional school staff, student self nomination, or peer nomination. All 2nd grade students are assessed using a universal screener during the month of January.

Gifted Identification

  • WPS invites referrals for gifted identification twice a year, once during the fall and once during the spring.

    FALL REFERRAL WINDOW: Grades 3-12 - September 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022
    SPRING REFERRAL WINDOW: Grades 2-12 - January 30, 2023 - February 28, 2023

    Download the Gifted Referral Form or contact your child's teacher.

    Click here for more information on the ExCEL Evaluation process. 

Information and Forms

  • If you have questions regarding the gifted program, please contact the gifted chairperson at your child's school:

    You may also contact Sara Gardner, WPS Gifted Specialist (K-12).

    2022-2023 CogAT Screening Information (2nd Grade)

    During the window of January 10 - February 18, your child will be administered the online version of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). This is a screening measure that is administered to all WPS second grade students as part of the district-wide identification process for gifted services. Specific dates and times will be determined by each school building. Please make every effort to have your child attend during the testing weeks, paying specific attention to the testing dates and times for your child’s class.

Contact Information

  • Sara Gardner
    Sara Gardner

    K-12 Instructional Specialist for Gifted Education

    Felicia Andre
    Administrative Assistant

    For additional information, contact your child's school principal or the Department of Instruction.