• 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. The 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. 

    Gifted Education Services are provided 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 on the grade level configurations noted above. Specific supports are in place to ensure smooth transitions between schools. 

    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. 

    The parent referral period for students entering grades 1-8 for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed . The teacher referral period is open until February 15th . If you are a teacher who has evidence that a student needs to be reviewed for gifted education services please return the completed referral packet by February 15th, 2019 . 
    Timeline for students who will enter grades 1-8 for the 2019-2020 school year:

    If your child is not yet in kindergarten please read the information below about identification of students entering kindergarten.
    Identification of Preschool Students Entering Kindergarten

    Note: For the 2019-2020 school year, students must be five years old by August 31, 2019.   

    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 following this screening. Child Find screenings dates will be provided when you register your child for a kindergarten class in one of our Brandywine School District schools.Parents who are not registering their children in a Brandywine School District school may contact  the gifted services department to inquire about available screening dates .
    Timeline for students entering kindergarten: 



    Statement on Gifted Education Services

    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