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4th and 5th grade referrals for the gifted education identification process are accepted in four “windows” during the school year.  Referrals for 3rd graders will be accepted beginning February 18, 2014 (for services beginning in 4th grade).  Please note the chart below for more information regarding FUTURA start dates for students found eligible for gifted services.

Referral forms may be obtained from your school’s SEARCH teacher or by download here: 

Referral Form




Referrals Received

FUTURA Start Date for Students Found Eligible


September 3-October 15, 2013

*Referrals received between the last day of the 2012-2013 school year and the first day of school will be dated September 3, 2013.

Week of January 6, 2014


October 16 – December 20, 2013

Week of March 3, 2014


January 2-March 3, 2014

*3rd grade referrals (for services starting in 4th grade) will be accepted beginning February 18, 2014.

Mid-September 2014


March 4-June 13, 2014

*Referrals received after the last day of school will be dated the first day of school in September 2014.

2nd Quarter of 2014-2015


***If your child has ever been evaluated for LCPS gifted education services and found ineligible for gifted services, you must wait one year before submitting a referral for a re-evaluation.  The earliest a referral form can be accepted is the beginning of the referral window approximately one year later.  For example, a 4th grade student who was evaluated last spring and received a notification letter before the end of the year (Window #3) may be re-referred beginning January 2, 2014.  Please contact your SEARCH teacher for more information regarding re-referrals.