JCPS offers gifted education services for identified students across all grade levels. Primary students (kindergarten through grade three) are screened and selected as high-potential learners, and students in grades four through twelve are formally identified for services in one or more of the following areas: 

  • General Intellectual Ability 
  • Specific Academic Aptitude 
  • Creative or Divergent Thinking 
  • Psychosocial or Leadership Skills 
  • Visual or Performing Arts 

The Advance Program provides challenging schoolwork for academically gifted students. To join the program, students must score a minimum of 21 on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). They also must meet at least the minimum requirements in the following areas: teacher evaluation, grade point average (GPA), exceptional characteristics, and standardized tests. The Advance Program is available at all JCPS schools. 

Twice a year, all Gifted/Advance Program students receive a Gifted Student Services Plan, which includes information on progress toward meeting a range of academic goals.

If you think your child works above grade level and has advanced critical-thinking skills, talk to a school counselor about Advance Program testing, which is available in October. Testing is first offered in third grade, and the program is available to students in the fourth grade and above.

Email questions to the Advance Program Office.

Get state regulations on programs for gifted and talented students.

JCPS will offer Advance Program testing to private/parochial students once we return to brick and mortar. We will publish a date for CogAT testing on the website. Thank you.