Identification & Placement Process for Students NEW to Naperville CUSD 203

  • Students must be enrolled in Naperville CUSD 203 before the process can begin to determine if academically talented or gifted services is the appropriate placement. Please see Description of Services to learn more about these services.

    Once a student is enrolled and begins attending school within the district, parents may request testing for academically talented and gifted services at the student’s school. All testing will be completed in a timely fashion. Summer testing is available for select students; please see the information below. The criteria used during the identification and placement process can be found on the Identification and Placement page. Please also see the Identification and Placement Flowchart for Students New to the District.

    Once all testing is complete, student scores are placed on the appropriate placement matrix to determine eligibility. Please note that the Renzulli Scales are waived for new students. Therefore, as indicated on the flowchart, a new student will be eligible for placement


    In addition to the testing, mathematic coursework from the student’s previous school can be reviewed to aid in determining if placement in Honors Math is appropriate. Please contact the Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services at giftedservices@naperville203.org or (630) 420-6551 to share curriculum documentation provided by the student’s previous school.

Summer Testing

  • To facilitate the timely scheduling and placement of newly enrolled students within Naperville CUSD 203, a summer assessment opportunity is provided for those who would like to begin the identification process for academically talented and gifted services prior to the start of the school year.

    In order to be eligible for the summer assessment opportunity, the student must meet all of the criteria below: 

    • The student’s enrollment in the district must be complete.
    • The student’s start date is the first day of school of the upcoming school year.
    • The student is entering Grades 6, 7, or 8 OR the student is entering Grades 4 or 5 and evidence that the student may possibly be eligible for Project IDEA Plus (the gifted magnet program) is submitted to giftedservices@naperville203.org. Evidence may include previous standardized test scores and/or verification of prior enrollment in a school for gifted students.
    • The student must be registered for summer testing by the registration deadline.

    To register for the summer assessment opportunity, please complete the electronic registration form at https://forms.gle/addHhKzqYxdn15ww6.

    2021 New Student Summer Testing Information

    Registration is due by noon on Monday, July 12, 2021.

    Confirmation of registration will be sent via email on July 13, 2021.
    Only registered students will be admitted to summer testing.

    Initial Testing Dates and Time
    July 19 and 20, 2021
    Doors open at 8:30 a.m. (No one is seated after 8:50 a.m.)
    Testing begins at 9:00 a.m.
    Testing ends at approximately 12:00 noon

    Assessments Administered
    NWEA MAP Growth
    CogAT
    Iowa Assessments

    Score reports will be emailed on July 22, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., indicating if further testing is necessary.

    Further Testing Dates and Time
    July 26 and/or July 27, 2021
    Doors open at 8:30 a.m. (No one is seated after 8:50 a.m.)
    Testing begins at 9:00 a.m.
    Testing ends at approximately 12:00 noon

    Assessments Administered
    Placement Tests

    If a student is unable to participate in testing on these days, testing will be completed once the school year begins at the student’s school.