The Loudoun County SEARCH program 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 Loudoun County SEARCH lessons are organized under the learning keys listed below and are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Perceiving- understanding and learning with your senses
Reasoning- using information to find answers that can be proven, are logical, and make sense.
Connecting- linking information and ideas to see how the fit together
Creating- putting ideas, information, or objects together in a new or different way
Evaluating- Using information to make a decision
If your 4th or 5th grade child has never been referred for gifted services or if it has been more than a year since your child was referred for gifted services, you might be interested in the following information:
In order for your child to be evaluated for gifted services during the fall of 2012, you must give your child's SEARCH teacher the following signed referral form no later than 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2012.
Referrals received after 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2012 will be processed during the spring semester, 2013.