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Young Scholars Program Overview

K-2: Young Scholars serves students in kindergarten through second grade.  Identified students will engage in a pull-out enrichment program where they will have the opportunity to work with intellectual peers in a rigorous environment of discovery and exploration. The context of the enrichment will be literature and science, with an emphasis on vocabulary and the scientific process. The enrichment model allows for multi-age grouping and intellectual peer socialization. 

The learning activities in the Young Scholars program are designed for highly capable students.  The activities extend basic skills and supplement regular classwork.  In the Young Scholars program, students study patterns in language and learn about the world around them through science topics.  The activities help students develop a rich vocabulary, comprehend non-fiction text, and encourage them to think deeply.  The multi-age grouping gives students a chance to work with other students who have similar learning needs. 

2nd grade testing for Young Scholars

Second grade students whose score on the CogAT Screener did not fall in the top 12% may appeal by submitting a completed appeal form. Send the appeal form to after 2021 testing and before the April 9, 2021 deadline. Reasons for the appeal and additional evidence must be included.

Students appealing with evidence of high academic performance (STAR Reading and STAR Math scores of 80 percentile or above) will be invited to take the full CogAT.  The Multidisciplinary Selection Committee will review the results of the full CogAT and district assessments (STAR and Math Computational Screener) to determine placement in QUEST for the 2020-2021 school year.


Q: Can my kindergartner test twice for Young Scholars?

A: Yes, this is the only grade that a student can test twice in one year.

Q: Does my Kindergartner or 1st grader need to retest to stay in the program?

A: No, they will remain in program until 2nd grade; and then all HP students will be re-evaluated by the multi-disciplinary committee for proper placement.

Q: How often does my child in Young Scholars receive services?

A:  Young Scholars is offered at all elementary schools twice a week, 30 minutes each session.