Application Timeline

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Application materials are available in all elementary school counseling departments.
Monday, October 22  or

Wednesday, October 24

GYSA Open House

Wilder Middle School, 5pm-7pm

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Deadline for receipt of GYSA application to school contact at current HCPS elementary.
Friday, February 1, 2019 Application response letters mailed*
Friday, February 18, 2019 New GYSA Student/Parent Agreement forms due to GYSA program office located at Wilder Middle School**

*Should school not be in session due to inclement weather, response letters will be mailed on the next work day for school-based staff.

** Should school not be in session due to inclement weather, GYSA Student/Parent Agreement forms will be due on the next school day for students.

Applications will be distributed through elementary schools.

GYSA Criteria

In order to be eligible for the Gifted Young Scholars Academy, rising 6th grade students need to meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be identified for gifted services in the area of General Intellectual Aptitude by the end of 4th grade,*
  • Student must be in good academic standing, receiving an overall B average during their 4th grade year,
  • Student must pass their SOL tests in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics in 4th grade.

There are 100 seats available in the Gifted Young Scholars Academy.  A lottery system will be utilized to select the students who will be offered a place in the program.  Students must meet all of the criteria above to be entered into the lottery. 

*Denotes required criteria

If a child is identified for gifted services in the area of General Intellectual Aptitude, but does not meet one or more of the other criteria, a waiver form must be filled out.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.