Regional gifted center 

Provides an accelerated instructional program that place an emphasis on thinking, reasoning, problem solving and creativity. In addition to rigor in the core content areas, instruction includes a world language or Latin, laboratory science, computer science and fine arts.

Regional gifted center



There are 13 Regional Gifted Centers, designed to provide appropriate services for children identified as gifted. A differentiated, enriched curriculum allows for skill development appropriate for the gifted student's abilities and interests. Three Regional Gifted Centers are designed for students who are English Language Learners (Greeley, Orozco, and Pulaski), and whose first language is Polish, Russian, or Spanish.


Three Regional Gifted Centers are full-site centers (Edison, Keller, and Lenart), meaning that all students in these schools are in the Regional Gifted Center, and no student may enroll in the schools without participating in the application and selection process. Ten Regional Gifted Centers are housed in neighborhood schools (Beaubien, Bell, Carnegie, Coonley, Greeley, National Teachers Academy, Orozco, Pritzker, Pulaski and South Loop), meaning that the school has two separate programs, a regular education program and the Regional Gifted Center program. One Regional Gifted Center is housed in a magnet school (Beasley) – in this case, the school has two separate programs, a magnet school and a Regional Gifted Center.



Attendance boundaries

None. Students across the city may apply.


For more information, visit the website for the Office of Access and Enrollment at Opens in a new window icon.



Enrollment requirements

Acceptance criteria

  • Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (SEES) application
  • Entrance exam



Admission testing is required. All age-appropriate students applying for grades K-4 will be tested. Testing eligibility for students applying for grades 5-8 will be based on the student's prior year's ISAT national percentile rank in reading comprehension or total math or, if the student did not take the ISAT, on a different nationally normed, standardized achievement test.


In order to be eligible for testing, students in applying for grades 5-8 must score at or above the 90th percentile in both reading and math. After the applications are processed, students will be contacted regarding testing date, time and location.



Page Last Modified on Thursday, October 10, 2013

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