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REFERRAL ANNOUNCEMENT (for the 2015-2016 school year, but still contains helpful information - stay tuned for updates for the next school year)

 If you plan of referring your child, please click the link above 
For Parents of 5th Grade Students:

We are currently accepting parent referrals from parents of 5th graders wishing to have their children evaluated for gifted education services. Students can be referred one time each school year—please contact your child’s SEARCH teacher if he or she was evaluated during the 2015-2016 school year before sending in a referral form.  If your child is found eligible, they can participate in FUTURA or join in on SPECTRUM in the middle school (start date depends on the date the referral is received)

For Parents of 4th Grade Students:

Fourth grade students now receive SEARCH lessons just as they did in 3rd grade.  They will have another opportunity to create a portfolio, just as they did last year.  Students that have qualifying test scores (from CogAT or NNAT) will automatically be referred again, and other students may also be referred by their parent or teacher.  Referrals received after the deadline might not be processed in time for eligible students to begin FUTURA at the beginning of their 5th grade year, so be sure to watch for updates for the 2016-2017 school year.
For Parents of 3rd Grade Students:

Students with qualifying test scores on the CogAT and/or NNAT will receive a district referral via US mail in February. With parent permission (via a signed referral form), these students will be evaluated for gifted services. Parents of students who did not receive a district referral letter but who wish to have their children evaluated, may submit a parent referral in March.  Look out for an announcement for the referral deadline for the 2016-2017 school year..  Referrals received by the deadline will be processed and eligible students will enter FUTURA with the start of the next school year.  Referrals received later in the year may or may not be processed in time for eligible students to begin FUTURA with the start of the next school year.  

ALL parents are encouraged to attend Gifted Information Nights.  Come and hear about the options for gifted students in Loudoun County and meet the Gifted Department Supervisor, Wendy King.  Gifted Information Nights are offered at various schools on several dates in the fall and spring.   Please look out for a flyer to come home with students with dates and times.   
SEARCH at Sully Elementary School


The Loudoun County SEARCH program focuses on thinking skills and is designed to foster a classroom environment that encourages students to develop an excitement for learning and discovery. SEARCH teachers work within the classroom to stimulate curiosity, practice problem solving strategies, incorporate cooperative learning activities, provide opportunities for students to use higher level thinking skills, and identify students with exceptional ability. During the lessons, the primary classroom teacher makes observations to gain insight into the students' various skills, strengths, and learning styles. Both teachers work cooperatively to recognize and develop the potential for excellence in each student. The SEARCH teacher is available to assist in the development of lesson plans and activities that promote higher level thinking, model or provide tips for differentiating instruction, work with small groups of students, and offer enrichment to students who have been formally identified for gifted services.

SEARCH lessons fulfill the goals of the LCPS Gifted Education Department which are:


1.To become divergent creative thinkers who recognize problems and solve them.

2.To construct personal meaning and understanding of others and of the world around them.

3.To develop the capacity for self assessment (ownership of the learning).
For more information, click the links below.