Gifted & Talented

If you believe your child may be gifted and talented, please review the information below and click the link below for a brochure outlining qualifications.  Please follow up with the G & T coordinator to learn about next steps for Gifted and Talented.

G&T Coordinator:

Lindsey Quinton

Early Access Information:


* The application period will be December 1 – January 31st for the following school year.

* Early access students must be age 4 for kindergarten or age 5 for first grade by August 1.

* Determination for students referred for early access will be made within 60 days of receiving the referral.

The application portfolio is compiled by the parent and will include a referral, work samples and rating scales and permission to assess.  Referrals are initiated by the parent or from screenings by the kindergarten and preschool teachers. Referrals should be submitted to the gifted coordinator. 

Costs:  It is the responsibility of families interested in early access to pay for the assessments required to build a body of evidence for the student.  A fee of $300 will be assessed for those families that do not qualify for free and reduced lunch.   Families may choose to use private testing (see list of accepted measurement/assessment tools) as long the data was collected within the three months prior to applying.  

Data is recorded in a body of evidence. Data from private testing may be used in the body of evidence if data was collected within the last three months.  All data in the body of evidence is considered for the determination of early access.  The review team will consist of G/T coordinator, a Children’s House guide, and may also include Head of School, and parents.  Review team will look for aptitude, achievement, performance, readiness and social behavior in the 97%ile of the student’s peer group.  (See lists below of possible assessments).

Aptitude:  97%ile on:

  • Wechsler Intelligence Assessments (WIPPSI),

  • Differential Abilities Scale (DAS),

  • Test of Early Mathematics Ability (TEMA),

  • Test of Early Reading Ability (TERA)

  • Stanford Binet Intelligence Scales, 5th Edition (SB 5)

  • Battelle Developmental Inventory, Second Edition (BDI- 2) †

  • Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test 2nd Edition (K-BIT2)

Achievement: 97%ile on:

  • school based reading inventories (DRA, QRI, DIBELS, STAR, etc.),

  • individual math placement tests and formal assessments

Performance: 97%ile in:

  • work samples,

  • portfolio,  

  • Kingore Observation Inventory for Parents,

  • performance examples, and/or

  • product examples.

  • recordings of student performance, and/or

  • examples of work

Readiness, social behavior and motivation: 97%ile on:

  • Scales for Rating the Behavior Characteristics of Superior Students R (SRBCSS-R),

  • Vineland, and/or

  • Young Children’s Academic Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (Y-CAIMI)

Definition of Early Access:

Early Access means the early entrance into kindergarten or first grade for highly advanced gifted children under the age of six. 

Purpose of Early Access:

The purpose of early access is to identify and server the few highly advanced gifted children who require comprehensive academic acceleration. It is not recommended for the majority of age 4 and 5 gifted children. 

SMCS contact person for Early Access:  Lindsey Quinton   email: