Talented and Gifted Programs
Walker Mill Middle School
800 Karen Boulevard
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Phone: 301-808-3790
Fax 301-808-8270  

Mary Cay Ricci

Scott Brenner
TAG Program Specialist  

Kathleen Gregory
TAG Program Specialist 

Last modified: 10/12/2015 12:47:04 PM
Public School/Home School TAG Testing Application & Procedures Now Available


 The Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program is committed to supporting schools in meeting the needs of high potential, advanced, and gifted learners.

During the 2015-2016 School year, we are shifting our work to respond to current research and best practices in the field of gifted education.  More recent research in the field of gifted education prompted the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) to redefine giftedness. Highlights of the NAGC's work include the following:

  • The development of ability or talent is a lifelong process. It can be evident in children as exceptional performance measures of ability, actual achievement in a subject area, or a rapid rate of learning compared to other students of the same age.
  • Achievement and high levels of motivation in a subject area become the primary characteristics of giftedness as individuals mature from childhood to adolescence.

PGCPS will begin to evaluate the present identification process which currently takes place universally at Grades 1 and 3. A team of educators including the Office of Advanced and Enriched Instruction and the Department of Testing, Research and Evaluation staff, and other central office and school based educators will review research and current identification data with the goal of  making recommendations for a process that will help to inform the instructional needs of all students and ensure equitable access.  We are committed to advocating for high potential learners by creating, supporting, and implementing practices and procedures that develop 21st Century learners and fulfill the goal and promise of PGCPS: Outstanding Academic Achievement for all Students.

PGCPS Currently has three program models for elementary school students with already developed TAG abilities, click (here) to learn more about these models.

 For more information about identification and lottery timelines click (here).

Private School and Home School TAG Test Application and Procedures are now available. Please (click here) for more information.