Welcome to the SEARCH webpage!
What is SEARCH?
(Seeking Educational Alternatives to Reach and Challenge Higher-Level thinking skills)
is a division of Loudoun County Public School's Gifted
Education Program. It is a classroom-based program for all students in
Kindergarten through 3rd grade. The SEARCH teacher works in the
classroom to present lessons and activities that encourage questioning,
higher-level thinking skills, and creativity.
For Parents of 4th and 5th Grade
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
For Parents of 3rd Grade Students:
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.
SEARCH curriculum is based on problem solving and founded in gifted
education research. The curriculum spirals developmentally through five
components: perceiving, reasoning, connecting, creating, and
evaluating. Each grade level learns about each component at
increasingly more complex and abstract levels. These components will be
presented to students in K-3 as "keys" to critical thinking.
Loudoun County Public Schools Gifted Program Goals:
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).
Questions about LCPS Gifted Programs?
Please read the new information on the LCPS gifted website:
For referral information visit: