Not all EEE services require formal qualification, but two do: The one-day-a-week program for grades 1-5, housed at the Center for Gifted Education at Field School; and the in-building EEE class for grades 6-8.
To qualify for these programs, students must meet program benchmarks on the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children, Fifth Edition. This test is administered one-on-one to any student new to CPS elementary schools if the student first meets a program benchmark on the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, Second Edition. The NNAT2 (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) is administered to all students new to CPS and to all kindergarten students during the spring of the kindergarten year.
When students do not meet these benchmarks, families are welcome to advocate for reconsideration or further testing--which in some cases can happen in the same school year and in others must happen at least 12 months later. Parents and counselors need only contact the elementary director
to initiate this process. Please note that students entering CPS in middle school are not automatically screened and must submit an advocacy packet to be considered.
All children have gifts and strengths, and EEE is not the only enrichment opportunity available to CPS students. Not qualifying for the limited access programs should not be seen as a major setback for a child. CPS is committed to providing an excellent education for all students and is here to work with you in that endeavor.