Application Process

​​​​​​​​​​The Horizons Program is available to highly and exceptionally gifted students whose educational needs require extreme differentiation and acceleration. Students in the Horizons Program require a highly challenging and motivating environment where their special talents and extreme potential can be nurtured. Please note that students may only apply to Horizons for Kindergarten through 8th grades. ​


A candidate for the Horizons Program typically meets all the following criteria:

  • Needs cannot be met in the regular Talent Development/Honors Program

  • Is working at least two to three years above grade level in reading, writing, and math

  • Has a 145+ IQ on the Stanford-Binet V*

  • Has a 98th or 99th percentile score on an Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement-3​ test in both areas of reading and math*​​​​

  • Is highly motivated to learn and can work independently

* Test administration will be scheduled by the student's ho​​​me school if student is enrolled in CMS. Non-CMS students will need to arrange for private testing by a licensed psychologist for the Stanford-Binet V.


The Horizons Application Process


Students complete several phases of assessment for consideration for entrance into the Horizons program. For an overview of the process if you are a current CMS student, please click here. For an overview of the process if you are not currently in CMS, please click here

To apply to the Horizons Program, please complete the application form and submit it to your child's TD Teacher (elementary school) or Academic Facilitator (middle school). 

If you are not currently within the CMS school district, but will be moving into the district soon, please submit your application directly to the Secondary Specialist in the Advanced Studies department. 


Scoring Rubrics


During Phase I and Phase II of the application process, students will be scored using several rubrics. To get an indication of how students will be evaluated for the program, please see the rubrics below: