Gifted Programming

Madison student

The Madison Elementary School District offers a variety of programs throughout the district to meet the needs of gifted students.

The REACH Center at Madison Heights and Madison No. 1

Madison Heights buildingThe Madison Elementary School District offers a program for highly gifted students, REACH (Rigorous, Enriched, Accelerated Curriculum for Highly gifted). The REACH Center is a school within a school; Grades 1-4 are located at Madison Heights and Grades 5-8 are located on the Madison No. 1 campus.

This program provides highly gifted students in grades 1-8 the opportunity to function at an academic level that is commensurate with their abilities, while having the opportunity to interact socially with students who have similar interests and academic needs.

REACH students generally work two grade levels ahead in all Madison No 1subject areas, and explore in greater depth subjects that are socially and emotionally appropriate.  Students develop a differentiated educational plan in an area of interest that is researched and reported on in both oral and written presentations from first grade on.

Qualifications: To qualify for the REACH program, students must score in the 99th percentile and not have a score lower than a 90 in any of the three categories according to the COGAT test. In addition, students must be in the 80th percentile in math and reading according to the district’s MAP test. Parents may also obtain testing from outside the district as well to qualify their child. A score of a 142 on the Stanford Binet or a score of a 139 on the WISC will also qualify a student for the REACH program.

Learn more about Madison’s REACH program.

For more information about REACH, please contact:
Casey George
Director for Signature Programs


Gifted Programs Across Madison


SCGM (Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model) serves students in grades K-4. In this program, identified students are clustered to focus on enrichment and/or acceleration using compacting and differentiation as appropriate. This program focuses on logic, creativity, nonverbal reasoning, critical thinking in all areas. To qualify for the SCGM program students must score in the 97% percentile of the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT), for grades K – 1, or CogAT (Verbal, Quantitative, or Nonverbal), for grades 2 – 7, or other approved state tests. SCGM is available at Camelview, Rose Lane, Heights, and Simis.

View the Gifted Cluster flyer.


The Honors program serves students in grades Madison student5-8. This program utilizes either the cluster and/or the pullout replacement model for math and/or language arts. This program provides enrichment and one year acceleration. It focuses on acceleration, critical thinking, verbal reasoning and creativity in subject specific domains. To qualify for the Honors program students must score in the 97% percentile of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) or other approved state tests. Honors is available at Madison No.1, Park, and Meadows.

Testing Dates

Gifted Testing Schedule

To register your child for the next available session of gifted testing, please complete and submit the Gifted Testing Registration Form.

For more information, please contact:
Rosalinda Cruz

Upcoming Gifted Events

Check back for upcoming competitions and other events for gifted students.

Contact Information

For site information regarding gifted programs, please contact the school principal.

For district information, please contact:
Michael Winters, Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction