Learning Immersion and Talent Development

The Learning Immersion and Talent Development (LI/TD) program provides students a learning environment focused on instructional strategies for advanced learners and rigorous curriculum. Students are expected to use analytical and critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems. Each school’s staff receives ongoing professional development on research-based strategies for best supporting advanced and gifted learners.

The Learning Immersion (LI) program serves grades K-5. Students are taught using rigorous instructional strategies and curriculum to foster critical and analytical thinking skills to help them reach their greatest academic potential. All CMS students are evaluated during 2nd grade for entrance into the Talent Development (TD) program, which serves students grade 3-5. Students who are participating in an LI program are automatically eligible to submit a portfolio for evaluation, if needed, after completing the COGAT in the fall.

The Talent Development (TD) program serves grades 3-5. The TD program provides a full-day, inclusive program for identified gifted students. Identified TD students in 5th grade have automatic continuation to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in their transportation zone. Students who are not identified as TD by grade 3 may remain in the school and continue in the LI program. Automatic continuation for non-identified students is not available and students must attend their home middle school or apply for a middle school of choice during the lottery.

Special Features

  • Teachers trained and knowledgeable in gifted instructional strategies, social and emotional supports, and curriculum
  • Gifted resources and strategies incorporated daily
  • Adjusted pacing/compacted curriculum
  • Instruction focused on encouragement of growth and development of 21st century skills such as real-world experiences and problem-based learning

Notice to all students applying for LI/TD magnet seats during the 2018-2019 CMS School Choice Lottery

Grades 3-5

All students in grades 3-5 must be identified as TD (academically gifted) in order to apply for an LI/TD magnet seat.

There are 2 ways to receive TD identification: qualifying through COGAT test at the end of 2nd grade or via the portfolio opportunity. Results from the COGAT­ test will be distributed before the portfolio opportunity TD identification. Students who are participating in the portfolio opportunity will be able to apply to the lottery on February 5, 2017. In order to provide equitable access into the LI/TD magnet seats, decisions regarding 3rd-5th grade magnet seats for LI/TD schools will not be made until the 2nd round of the lottery.

  • Students interested in applying for 3rd-5th grade LI/TD magnet seats in the 2018-2019 lottery should apply for those seats during the 1st round of the School Choice lottery in November, 2017.
  • Students who apply for an LI/TD seat in the 1st lottery do not need to reapply during the 2nd
  • Decisions regarding 3rd-5th grade magnet seats for LI/TD schools will not be made until the 2nd round of the lottery. This includes both 1st and 2nd round applicants. Notifications of placement will be communicated to parents in early March.
  • The timeline for 3rd– 5th grade LI/TD notification in early March (after the 2nd lottery) provides an opportunity for all qualified applicants to be appropriately identified and for the 2nd grade Talent Development Screening Process to be completed. Students are eligible to participate in the lottery for 3rd-5th grade LI/TD magnet seats through gifted identification as Academically Gifted in reading and math, math only, reading only, and/or by being identified as Intellectually Gifted. All students who apply and are identified as eligible to participate in the lottery for an LI/TD magnet seat in grades 3-5 will receive the same level of access to the lottery.
  • Students who are participating in the Talent Development Screening Process and are waiting for gifted eligibility to be determined via the portfolio opportunity will able to apply in the lottery beginning February 5th, 2017 and must have been identified as Academically Gifted in reading and math, math only, reading only, and/or by being identified as Intellectually Gifted. The LI/TD program choice will appear as a school choice option beginning February 5th, 2017 on the lottery applications of those students who are identified as eligible during the Talent Development Screening Process.

Grades K-2

  • Students in grades K-2 who are interested in applying for an LI/TD magnet seat should apply beginning November, 2017. K-2 LI/TD applications will be processed at the end of each round of the lottery. K-2 students seeking the sibling priority guarantee will not receive this guarantee until the end of the 2nd round of the lottery when all grades 3-5 lottery requests are processed. The sibling priority will be picked up when the older sibling is placed into an LI/TD seat. Please check to ensure that the address of each sibling is exactly the same in the CMS Powerschool data system. The School Choice lottery will not pick up the sibling priority if the addresses do not match.

Learning Immersion and Talent Development Schools​​​

Transportation Zone​​ ​School (Grade Level) Program ​Transportation ​Entry Grades ​Entrance Requirements
​​ Blue ​Barringer (K-5) Learning Immersion / Talent Development ​​​ Neighborhood Stops ​​​ K-5 ​​​ ​​​Grades K-2:
None
Grades 3-5:
Must be certified Academically/
Intellectually Gifted (AIG) in
math and/or reading ​​ ​​
Tuckaseegee (K-5)
Green Idlewild (K-5)
Shamrock Gardens (K-5)
Barringer Academic Center (K-5)
Violet Irwin (K-5)
Mallard Creek (K-5)