Gifted Education Contact

  • How do I Ask About Gifted Education Services? 

    If you have questions about gifted education, it is best to start with the team at your neighborhood school. This includes your student’s classroom teacher, the school’s Gifted Education Specialist, and the building administration. 

    Gifted Education Specialists Directory

    Kathryn Kennedy, Director of Advanced Learning and Student Leadership
    919-967-8211  x28357



Welcome to CHCCS Gifted Education

  • Student and Teacher programming robotics CHCCS Goals for Gifted Programming 

    Our vision is for ALL STUDENTS to acquire the knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes to achieve their learning potential. To develop their fullest potential, we will encourage students to embrace diversity, contribute positively to their community, explore possibilities, and aspire to excellence.  

    We strive to support classroom teachers in talent development and talent detection from Pre K to 12th grade. Gifted Education is housed in the Department of Advanced Learning and Student Leadership.  


    Summer 2024 Gifted Screening Opportunity

    If your child joined Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in January of 2024 (which is after the conclusion of the normal gifted testing window) or is enrolling this summer, you may be eligible to take part in the summer testing opportunity if your child meets the following criteria:

    • Formally enrolled in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools after January 2024
    • Will be a fourth through eighth grader in the 2024-2025 school year
    • Is not a previously enrolled Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools student who was able to or did take part in the regular gifted screening opportunity prior to returning to CHCCS for the upcoming school year

    The summer testing dates are July 16-18, 8AM until 12PM each day, and it will take place at Seawell Elementary School. Please complete this Google form to submit your child's information if you wish for them to take part in this testing window. 

  • Gifted Education presentation
    Click here or the image above to view a video presentation regarding CHCCS Gifted Education that was live on February 23, 2023.  

    Click here to see the presentation in PDF format. 


Your Child's Learning Experiences


    Students collaboratively studying text  Classroom teachers utilize evidence-based materials and practices to teach core subject areas (reading, writing, math, science, social studies) with the support of our Gifted Education Specialists. To create an optimal learning environment, teachers use high-quality learning opportunities including universal screenings, formative and summative assessments, and standardized progress monitoring to document mastery of curriculum standards. The general education teacher is the primary source of differentiation with support from the Gifted Education Specialists. 

    Read more about the AIG continuum of services.

    In CHCCS, we aspire to integrate and connect AIG services with the total instructional program. We intentionally align AIG services with our areas of identification (math and reading). Collaboration within the total school community is essential for detecting the need for advanced learning opportunities.

    Read more about examples of our support for academic/intellectual and social/emotional needs.