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Shamrock Gardens Elementary
Magnet School of Excellence
3301 Country Club Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205
Courier #: 527
P: 980-343-6440  |  F: 980-343-6513 
Principal: Sarah Reeves
LC: Central 1
Bell Schedule: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grades: K-5
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LI/TD Magnet Program


Learning Immersion & Talent Development (K-5)​

​Learning Immersion (LI) is an accelerated, challenging learning environment suitable for enthusiastic students. Our curriculum is compacted and the pace is brisk. A strong emphasis is placed on enrichment experiences.

Characteristics of a Learning Immersion Child:

  • Eager to learn

  • Carries out complex instructions with ease

  • Shows strong memory and quick recall

  • Comprehends on an advanced level

  • Tells or reproduces stories and events with detail

  • Has a large vocabulary

  • Uses numbers and math skills in meaningful, real-world ways

  • Asks unusual, provocative questions

  • Is curious (often asks how, why, and what if questions)

  • Offers unique responses

  • Has an active imagination (likes to pretend)

  • Recognizes patterns

  • Makes mental connections and transfers learning into other subjects or real-life situations

  • Sees cause and effect relationships (Often asks why?)

  • Devises or adapts strategies to solve problems

  • Figures out why or how things work

  • Is an independent, self-starter (requires little direction or feedback)

  • Is persistent in pursuing and completing self-selected tasks

  • Enjoys new and different challenges

  • Displays a sense of humor and uses it appropriately

  • Accepts and carries out responsibilities


The Learning Immersion (LI) and Talent Development (TD) programs accelerate student learning through a rigorous curriculum focused on the strengths of each child. The LI/TD teachers are committed to teaching students to use real-world problem solving and higher-order thinking skills to prepare them for the 21st century.

In Learning Immersion, students are challenged to reach their fullest potential. Techniques and strategies that have proven to be effective with gifted children are used to provide an enriched educational environment.

During 2nd grade, students are evaluated for entrance into the Talent Development (TD) program. The TD magnet school provides a full-day concentrated program appropriate for identified gifted students in grades 3-5. Students who do not qualify by grade 3 may remain in the schools, continuing in the Learning immersion (LI) program.

Contact Evelyn Schlick, LI/TD Coordinator at Shamrock Gardens (opens in new window)

Special Features of Learning Immersion

  • Serves K-2 students

  • Develops critical & creative thinking skills

  • Accelerated program

  • Uses seminar Instruction

  • Provides choices for learning based upon multiple intelligences research for pirmary school

  • As part of the Learning Immersion program, second grade students are provided an additional opportuntiny to qualify for the TD program through the portfolio process

Special Features Talent Development

  • Provides a full-day TD program for certified TD students in grades 3-5

  • Focuses on differentiation, acceleration and interdisciplinary-thematic lessons

  • Uses seminar instruction to expose studens to exemplary works of literature and provide opportunities to explore concepts in greater depth

  • Utilizes Junior Great Books

  • Emphasizes scholary behaviors

  • Incorporates indentified students' strengths with multiple intelligences and problem-based learning to promote scholarly, thoughtful classrooms

  • Uses Math Investigations, Math Navigations, and Hands-On Equations for math extenstion units beyond non-TD magnet schools

​Guaranteed continuation for TD students to the Middle Years IB program at grade 6 (For Shamrock Gardens TD certified students, this is usually the IB program at Albemarle Road Middle OR Randolph IB Middle)

Entrance Requirement: Students applying for the TD magnets at grades 3-5 must have Talent Development Certification. If certification is pending, parents are advised to wait until testing is complete before submitting their application. Newly identified Talent Development students will receive through their current school a revised school assignment applicaton to submit after a student is certified as Talent Development.



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