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Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools
The Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools are founded on the principle that all students are entitled to equal opportunity to develop in relationship to their abilities.  A citywide network of program models and services is available to modify, supplement, and support the standard school program in order to challenge children identified as gifted and talented.  These are students who consistently demonstrate superior general reasoning ability and/or potential to excel in a specific academic, creative or artistic areas. Gifted Programs consist of regional gifted centers, regional gifted centers for English-language learners, classical schools, academic centers, and international gifted programs.  Testing is required in order to be considered for acceptance into these schools. In addition, Comprehensive Gifted Programs and Specific Aptitude Programs are available for academically advanced students. Comprehensive and specific aptitude programs are within-school programs available to students in selected magnet schools, magnet cluster schools, and open enrollment schools. Testing is not required to enter the schools that offer these programs. Once a student is accepted through the computerized lottery process or enrolled into the school as an attendance area student, the school will assess the student to determine whether he/she is eligible for the school's gifted program.