Chesapeake College’s Gifted and Talented Program is designed for eligible students under the age of 16 who have been identified as having exceptional academic or fine arts talent who desire enrollment in academic or fine arts subjects not available at their schools. Youth selected for this program are not yet recipients of a high school diploma or a GED certificate, and do not meet the grade-level or age requirements for the Dual Enrollment Program.
Nominees for the Gifted and Talented Program are screened by the Gifted and Talented Team comprised of the Dean for Recruitment Services; Student Success and Enrollment Services professional staff; and related academic department faculty. An interview with the Program candidate and his/her parent will be arranged.
Fine arts students may be asked to audition or to present a portfolio of their work. Final decisions regarding admissions and course selection are made by the Gifted and Talented Team.
Admitted students will be allowed to enroll in a maximum of two daytime courses per fall and spring, and one daytime course in summer. Continuance will be dependent upon satisfactory performance in all previous semesters.
In order to be accepted into the Gifted and Talented Program, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the seventh grade as designated by the Maryland State Department of Education grade level performance standards.
- Be enrolled in one of the public school systems in the College’s service area or in a non-profit institution offering instruction at the secondary level that is either operating with a certificate of approval issued by the Maryland State Department of Education or registered as a Church-Exempt School, or is being supervised for home instruction by one of the above entities.
- Be assessed for college course placement utilizing SAT, ACT or Chesapeake College’s Accuplacer Assessment test scores. Students with minimum SAT scores of 550 each on the critical reading and mathematics portions or a minimum composite ACT score of 21 will be exempted from the Accuplacer Assessment. A student will be allowed in certain instances to substitute (or only use) the Accuplacer Assessment as an admissions requirement. Chesapeake College has the right to use the Accuplacer Assessment in place of transcripts for a home-school student or in place of the ACT and SAT.
- Be identified by the student’s public school Board of Education or private school governing board as talented and gifted according to their published criteria, and obtain the approval of the appropriate school principal/guidance counselor or home-school compliance officer attesting to the student’s outstanding abilities in the areas of general intellectual capabilities, specific aptitudes, or creative visual or performance arts.
- Provide two letters of recommendation supporting the student’s exceptional abilities. (See #4.)
- Participate in an interview (both parent and student) with the Gifted and Talented Team in which the student’s social and emotional maturity as well as interest and motivation in attending college can be assessed.
Students interested in participating in the Gifted and Talented Program are required to submit the following information a minimum of six weeks in advance of the start of the semester for which he/she is seeking admission:
- College Admissions Application
- Official School Transcript
- SAT, ACT or Chesapeake College Accuplacer test scores
- A completed Gifted and Talented Student Recommendation Form
- Two letters of recommendation supporting the student’s exceptional abilities
Gifted and Talented documents should be sent to:
Dean for Recruitment Services
P.O. Box 8
Wye Mills, MD 21679
Once all of the required documentation is received by the Dean for Recruitment Services and reviewed by the Gifted and Talented Team, the eligible applicant and parent will be contacted by the Dean for Recruitment Services for an interview.