• Important Message for ALL Families -

    We know that ALL children are talented. We also know that learning and growing can be hard. For everyone. 

    We believe that focusing on a child's cognitive strengths will help them build confidence and provide a stronger foundation for layering the skills needed to continue to be successful on their educational path. 

    Whether your child is already identified as gifted and talented or you just want to support your child's academic development, we encourage you to use your child's data to really get to know their relative strengths and weaknesses to better support them at home! We have worked hard to share resources that are appropriate for students who have different interests and strengths based on the type of reasoning and skills that are assessed in school and needed for college and career readiness. Being mindful about your child's talents is a great step in helping them invest in their own self-awareness and growth! 

    Please see our other webpages for specific information about the identification process and our gifted service in schools. 

    Cognitive Abilities Test Resources

    Check out CogAT's Parent Resources! - Just receiving CogAT scores and wanting more information?

    We highly recommend this site for help with the following: 

    • Ability Profiler
    • What is CogAT?
    • Conferencing with your child's teacher
    • Supporting your learner at home - Riverside Insights (publishers of the CogAT) features our CCSD games list (linked below) in this section of their website - this is used as part of our SOS Stretch or Support Enrichment Intervention System in SAIL, but is encouraged school-wide to develop academic talent for all students! 
    • Talk to your child about their learning

    CCSD Resources for supporting your child's learning at home:

    • CCSD's @ Home Enrichment Suggestions for Gifted Education and Talent Development
    • Master Game List to Support Critical Reasoning
      • Wondering how you can develop critical reasoning skills for your child? We strongly advocate game play as a fun and inviting way to deepen thinking skills and allow for social interaction and family bonding. This "master games list" is broken down into categories of verbal, quantitative and nonverbal which match the different types of thinking assessed on cognitive assessments like the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) and the SC Performance Task Assessment. Game play can be used to extend and enrich skills that are already a strength for a child, but they can also be used to build confidence and support skills that are relatively weaker for students. As an added bonus, these can be great gift ideas! 

    Online Parent Resources:

    Summer / After-School Opportunities