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Please see the LCPS Gifted Education Website:
The Loudoun County SEARCH program, offered to all K-3 grade students, focuses on thinking skills and is designed to foster a classroom environment that encourages students to develop an excitement for learning and discovery. SEARCH teachers work within the classroom to stimulate curiosity, practice problem solving strategies, incorporate cooperative learning activities, provide opportunities for students to use higher level thinking skills, and to identify students with exceptional ability. During the lessons the primary classroom teacher makes observations to gain insight into the students’ various skills, strengths, and learning styles. Both teachers work cooperatively to recognize and develop the potential for excellence in each student. The SEARCH teacher is available to assist in the development of lesson plans and activities that promote higher level thinking, model or provide tips for differentiating instruction. The Loudoun County SEARCH lessons are organized under the learning keys listed below and are aligned with theVirginia Standards of Learning.  These lessons fulfill the goals of the LCPS Gifted Education Department which are:

1.To become divergent creative thinkers who recognize problems and solve them.

2.To construct personal meaning and understanding of others and of the world around them.

3.To develop the capacity for self assessment (ownership of the learning).


MAIN TOPICS (The Thinking Keys):






  For Parents of 4th and 5th Grade Students:

We are currently accepting parent referrals from parents of 4th and 5th graders wishing to have their children evaluated for gifted education services. Students can be referred one time each school year—please contact your child’s SEARCH teacher if he or she was evaluated during the 2013-2014 school year before sending in a referral form.

For Parents of 3rd Grade Students:

Students with qualifying test scores on the CogAT and/or NNAT will receive a district referral via US mail in mid-February (on or around February 17, 2015). With parent permission (via a signed referral form), these students will be evaluated for gifted services. Parents of students who did not receive a district referral letter but who wish to have their children evaluated, may submit a parent referral form to their child's SEARCH teacher beginning on February 17, 2015.

In order for your child to be evaluated for gifted services in the spring of 2015 (for gifted services beginning in the fall of 2015), you must give your child's SEARCH teacher a signed referral form no later than 3:00 PM on Monday, March 2, 2015.