Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools use a variety of instruments to identify second grade students. These include Standardized Testing (the Cognitive Abilities Test, and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills), a nationally normed Gifted Rating Scales, and a student-created portfolio. There is a specific listing of Gateways for second grade identification. Students in grades three through twelve are identified using a composite score on a nationally normed achievement and aptitude test.
Greenway Park offers the Catalyst model. The implementation of the TD program is a joint effort by the classroom teachers and the Talent Development (TD) teacher who use the technique of "consultation and collaboration" as they develop curriculum and participate in professional development. The Catalyst model allows the classroom and TD teachers to design and implement frequent differentiated educational experiences for gifted children.
To learn more about the TD Catalyst program, click here.