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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: 





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.

For gifted information, please visit the LCPS gifted website: 


The Loudoun County SEARCH program, offered to all k-3 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, work with small groups of students, and to offer enrichment to students who have been formally identified for gifted services. The Loudoun County SEARCH lessons are organized under the learning keys listed below and are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

MAIN TOPICS (The Thinking Keys):





Last Modified on March 15, 2014