• Gifted Education Services in Brandywine School District

    The Brandywine School District is committed to providing quality programming and opportunities for students identified as academically gifted and for students whose rate and level of learning is above the average. Brandywine school District offers gifted education services in a self-contained setting for students in grades K-8.  Students who meet the criteria for eligibility will be invited to receive full-time gifted services for the following school year. 

    The Gifted Program is located by grade level at the following schools:

    Grades K, 1, 2, 3 Mount Pleasant Elementary School
    Grades 4, 5 Claymont Elementary School
    Grades 6, 7, 8 P.S. duPont Middle School

    Students identified as needing gifted education services attend schools based upon grade level configurations, as noted above.  Specific supports are in place to ensure smooth transitions between schools.  Transportation is provided throughout the Brandywine School District for students receiving gifted education services. 

    Students may qualify for gifted education services at any grade level. Teachers and counselors provide support to ease transitions for students and families who are identified as needing services.  Students typically continue to receive gifted education services from year to year, provided they are meeting with success. 

                         Timeline for students who will enter grades 1 through 7 Identification Timeline

    Nominations are now closed for the 2017- 2018 school year for current 
    Kindergarten through 7th Grade students.

    Identification of Preschool Students Entering Kindergarten

    Note: For the upcoming school year, students must be five years old by August 31, 2017.   

    Identification for gifted education services for kindergarten begins with a Child Find screening. Parents do not need to complete any forms unless notified of a need for further evaluation.  Brandywine School District Child Find screenings occur at area preschools in January through June; check with your preschool to learn when screenings are scheduled.  Children who are not enrolled in a preschool where a Brandywine School District Child Find screening is scheduled may contact any Brandywine School District elementary school for a spring Child Find screening appointment.  If you have any questions, please contact Pat Deppen at 302-479-1626.

                                                  Timeline for students entering kindergartenIdentification Timeline






    Statement on Gifted Program

    At its May 15, 2003 meeting, the Board approved a statement about the gifted program.  Written by the Gifted Task Force, the statement is as follows:
          Brandywine School District recognizes the rights of all students to an education that provides for maximum development of their potential.
          Children and youth with outstanding gifts and talents perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.  They require programming and support services which offer opportunities for acceleration and enrichment beyond those usually offered.
         Outstanding gifts and talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.                                     

    For more information, please contact:    Ann Marie Fitzgerald, Supervisor of Gifted Services