Gifted and Talented Program

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:32pm

Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Program!

Placement Process for G/T Content Area Classes for 2017-18

The middle school placement review process enables the school staff and parents to work together to provide students with the most appropriate educational placement. A placement review may be conducted for students entering grades seven and eight who demonstrate outstanding academic performance but who were not eligible for one or more G/T content area class(es) based on the initial testing criteria. To request a placement review, parents/guardians should write a letter/email to the G/T Resource Teacher requesting a review of the student’s placement(s) for middle school. The letter should provide support for the student’s readiness to enroll in a specific G/T class (social studies, English, science and/or mathematics), including documentation and/or examples of exemplary student performance.

Requests for G/T placement reviews are due to Ms. Robyn Page, the school’s G/T Resource Teacher, by Thursday, January 26, 2017. Please include your child’s first and last name, and current grade level in the request.

If you have questions about the G/T Placement Process or G/T content classes, please contact Ms. Page at for further information.

                                                                                             Parent Information Night

On Monday, January 9, 2017, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., please join us for a parent infomation night for parents of incoming 6th graders. Information will be shared on all aspects of middle school, including the G/T program. A snow date of January 16 has been scheduled.

Goals of the Gifted & Talented Program

  • To offer a rigorous program which delivers subject content that is accelerated and enriched to advanced-level learners
  • To use instructional strategies which are modified to meet the unique needs of highly able students
  • To increase the variety and quality of student products 

GT Program Courses — Math, Science, Social Studies, English

Curriculum and instruction in GT classes will be differentiated to meet the needs of advanced learners. 

  • Content differentiation, or what students learn, will be more in-depth, require more prior knowledge, and instruction will be faster paced. 
  • Process differentiation, or how students learn, will require that students complete more independent background reading and participate more frequently in analytical and evaluative activities. 
  • Product differentiation, or demonstrating what students have learned, will require that students complete higher level and more in-depth products to show their mastery of the curriculum. 

The Gifted & Talented Program offers four content courses. These courses are both accelerated and enriched. Detailed information about the Middle School Gifted and Talented Curriculum can be found at this link.

Identification for GT Classes (Only Students NEW to HCPSS)

Students who are new to Howard County will be tested, if requested, when enrolled at Burleigh Manor. Parents may request GT testing at the time of registration, or by emailing the school's GT Resource Teacher, Ms. Robyn Page, at

Placement Reviews Following Testing Results

Identification for GT classes may, under certain circumstances, involve a placement review. Parents of students whose GT test scores do not support placement - but who consistently use and apply advanced-level abstract thinking skills to classroom activities, projects, and tests and assessments - may request a placement review. Placement reviews may be requested only after test results have been delivered to parents. Students for whom a review is requested should give evidence in their current course, through superior work and class participation, that they use outstanding abstract reasoning skills to construct thorough and well developed responses in written assignments, projects, and discussions — over and above what is expected of on-grade-level students. A written request for a placement review must be emailed or submitted to Ms. Page within 2 weeks of receiving the test results.

Students who are selected for GT placement will have work samples that demonstrate that they use advanced level abstract reasoning skills in the subject; that they understand at an advanced level the relationships between the concepts presented in the materials; and that in evaluating and interpreting the material, they take a position which is supported by facts and information from the text they have read. 

Parents of students new to the Howard County Public School System may initiate this review in the fall after the student has been tested for participation in GT content classes.

GT Instructional Seminars

GT Instructional Seminars are designed to extend student interests. Students develop a broad range of advanced-level skills in an area of their choosing. Seminars include Book Club, Debate, Film Production, and Shakespeare Theater Company. All students at Burleigh Manor may participate in Instructional Seminars. Students who participate in a band, chorus, or orchestra sectional may enroll in one GT Instructional Seminar. Students who do not participate in a sectional may enroll in up to two GT Instructional Seminars. (Please note that students who participate in GT Instructional Seminars are compacted from their classes to participate in seminar. However, each seminar is scheduled on a rotating basis so that participating students will miss a different class the next time the seminar meets.)

G/T Instructional Seminars offer enrichment opportunities for any interested student, regardless of participation in G/T content classes. These seminars meet during the school day and are scheduled on a rotating basis. A calendar will be published at the beginning of each quarter so that students participating in seminars will know of seminar meetings in advance. HCPSS guidelines recommend that students who are in the music program and who have a sectional should take only one G/T seminar. Students who do not have a sectional may participate in two G/T seminars.

Students will be notified on the Bobcat News on how to enroll in GT Instructional Seminars in September; parents will be notified on BMMS Alerts.

To register for a G/T Instructional Seminar, please use the links below to access the electronic registration form for the seminar in which you are interested. Questions regarding G/T Instructional Seminars should be directed to the school’s G/T Resource Teacher, Ms. Robyn Page, Space is limited, so register your child today!


QUARTER THREE 2017 G/T SEMINARS CALENDAR - PDF iconBMMS Q3 Seminars Calendar 2017.pdf

2016-17 BMMS G/T Instructional Seminar Offerings

Year-long Instructional Seminars (Register between August 30 - September 9, 2016):

8th Grade Documentary Film (open only to 8th graders) - Students participating in the 8th Grade Documentary Film GT Instructional Seminar will capture their 8th grade year using documentary film making techniques. Access the 8th Grade Documentary Film Seminar registration form at:


Book Club - Book Club is for students who love to read and discuss challenging books.  Participants will read 8 exciting and thought-provoking books, then meet once a month to share their ideas with the Club.  2-3 students each month will be invited to the Howard County Middle School Book Club discussion at Miller Library. Access the Book Club Seminar registration form at:


Creative Writing  - The Creative Writing Seminar uses a writers' workshop format to provide creative writers with the opportunity to produce authentic writing based on their interests. Participants will develop their talents by focusing on story elements, figurative language, generating ideas, and diction. Access the Creative Writing Seminar registration form at:


Debate (ends mid-March) - Debate Seminar provides students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful, persuasive discourse about contemporary issues, thereby strengthening their leadership, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Students use research skills to develop logical arguments supported with evidence to be applied to debates following a prescribed format. Access the Debate Seminar registration form at:


Film Production - This seminar is designed to explore the various types and uses of film through hands-on cinematic exercises. Students will integrate technology skills into the creative process in order to learn how to effectively use digital media for communication.  Students will experience the filmmaking process from pre-production to post-production and will gain knowledge of the professional language of filmmaking. Access the Film Production Seminar registration form at:


Global Equality Now! - Students interested on making a positive impact both locally and globally are encouraged to register for the Global Equality Now!  G/T Instructional Seminar. In this seminar, students will work to seek change on issues such as access to education and clean water in developing countries, child labor, and poverty. Access the Global Equality Now! Seminar registration form at:


Model United Nations -  Students interested in learning about world politics, diplomacy, research, and public speaking should join the Model United Nations (MUN) G/T Instructional Seminar. Debate Seminar students wishing to join MUN when the Debate season ends in March (2017) will have an opportunity to do so. All other students wishing to participate in MUN should sign up by September 9, 2016. Access the MUN Seminar registration form at:


Shakespeare - Students who are interested in the Shakespeare Seminar will learn the language of Shakespeare as they develop their acting skills to prepare a production for presentation at the Middle School Shakespeare Festival. Seminar participants will audition (date and time to be determined) for parts in the production, and there will be one cast. Access the Shakespeare Seminar registration form at:


Television Production - Television Production Seminar students are asked to think and work like media producers, utilizing the media production process and industry-standard tools to entertain persuade, inform, and instruct. The broadcast serves as an example of a high-quality product wherein students emulate practicing professionals in the field. Access the Television Production Seminar registration form at:

Second Semester Instructional Seminar - Registration Closed

Robotics G/T Instructional Seminar

Students interested in engineering and computer programming should register for the Robotics G/T Instructional Seminar, offered during second semester. Using Lego Mindstorm NXT kits, students will develop their building and programming skills by working in teams of 5 to solve a series of robotics challenges. The seminar will meet on a rotating basis during periods 1, 2, 3, and 6. Here is the registration link: (You may need to copy and paste the link into your browser for it to work.) To register, students must be logged in to their HCPSS Google Apps account. Registration is closed. For more information, contact the school's G/T Resource Teacher, Ms. Robyn Page, at

Related Sites

Howard County Public Schools Gifted & Talented Program Web Page


The school's GT Resource Teacher, Ms. Page, at or by calling 410-313-2507.