• Washington Gifted Middle School (Grades 5-8)

    The program at Washington Middle School is a full-time academic program designed to support academically gifted students. It offers students an opportunity to engage in learning activities at an accelerated pace, depth, and complexity of on grade-level and above-grade-level curriculum. 

    Qualifying students will have consistently demonstrated exceptional abilities in both mathematics and reading as measured by the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) which is a nationally normed assessment. In addition to the NWEA MAP Assessment, qualifying students will have performed Above Average on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and/or the  Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) and performs at the Meets or Exceeds level on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in both reading and math.
    UPDATE (January 28): All families will receive a letter communicating the results of the Washington Gifted School selection process on or before March 6, 2020.
    The application and screening process for the 2020-2021 school year began on October 21, 2019.
    All Peoria Public Schools 4th graders took the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) sometime between October 21 and November 22, 2019.
    A list of students who have consistently demonstrated exceptional abilities in both mathematics and reading was generated for each school using the following measures:
    1) The Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP)
    2) The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) 
    3) The 2019 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) for Mathematics and Reading

    Below is the process for students currently attending Peoria Public Schools:

    Students will be placed on the list to be considered for Washington Gifted School using the following criteria:

    OPTION 1 – Student has a College and Career Readiness (CCR) percentile ranking average for the last four NWEA test administrations in reading (75%) and math (80%).


    OPTION 2 - Student earned an 89% or higher percentile ranking on the CogAT


    OPTION 3 – If the student is within 5 percentile of meeting option 1 or option 2 (above)          5 (Exceeds Standards) on the 2019 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in both reading and mathematics.

     Letters will be mailed to the parent/guardian of all Peoria Public Schools students who are on the list to be considered.  Consideration letters were mailed to all qualified students on Tuesday, December 10.  If your student did not receive a letter, see below for Parent Referral information.

    **This letter does not guarentee admission to Washington Gifted School.  It merely communicates to parents that the student is under consideration. 

    If you strongly feel your student should be considered for admittance into Washington Gifted Middle School and he/she was not referred for consideration, parents can submit a referral: PARENT REFERRAL FORM   
    Since your child did not qualify for consideration using the data listed above, it is highly recommended that your child be given the WISC (Weschsler Intelligence Scale for Children) at Bradley University in order to add another data point for consideration. There is a fee for this test.
    The contact for testing at Bradley University:
    Ken Harding
    Director of Employer Testing Services
    Burgess Hall
    Peoria Public Schools
    Attn:  Susan Gobeyn
    3202 N Wisconsin Ave
    Peoria, IL  61603

    If you have any questions, please call Susan Gobeyn at 672-6536 (extension 22265). 

    **Please do not contact Washington Gifted School regarding the application process or the status of your child's application.