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

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:
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)