Best in Class Education Supports the “Gift” in Each Student

Education Center Specializes in Preparing Students for Gifted Programs

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HOUSTON: Most school districts in the U.S. offer gifted programs for students performing significantly above their grade level. Each school district has its own admission requirements, including here in the Katy, Allen, and Plano school districts. Parents and students may find it difficult to prepare for and meet those requirements, and Best in Class Education Center can help alleviate some of those challenges.

What is the benefit of a gifted program? Pushing students to perform better than average has long proven to be an effective way to draw out their full potential, and can better prepare them for college entrance. Students that have graduated from a gifted program are significantly more prepared to achieve high academic standards.

There are typically two tiers of gifted programs, the highest tier being reserved for an elite group of students scoring in the 98th to 99th percentile, situating them at a level very difficult to reach and equally difficult to maintain. The second tier of gifted students also enter a highly competitive landscape, needing to score in the 90th percentile and in some cases, also receive teacher recommendations to gain access into the gifted program in their district.

Best in Class is proud to offer training for students at all grade levels in two primary types of testing:

• Knowledge-based testing, which is often very similar to national standardized testing. These tests cover a wide range of information and material, but the format is fairly familiar.

• And cognitive testing, the most common of which is known as the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). The format of these tests tends to be extremely difficult and the types of questions are often described as “confusing.” The CogAT has three portions: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal (which deals with shapes and patterns).

Two rounds of testing are generally required once a student has been identified as a potential gifted program candidate through recommendations and/or outstanding national test scores. Students need to score high enough during the first round of knowledge-based testing in order to advance to the second.

Over the course of 20 years, Best in Class instructors have found that while the testing process is very difficult, it is manageable for students if their comfort level with the overall structure of the tests is high. Best in Class’ proprietary curriculum has harnessed a vital foundation of skills allowing students to approach these tests with confidence, dramatically increasing the success rate for admission into gifted programs.

For further information about gifted test preparation for your student, or about current franchising opportunities, visit or call toll free at 1.888.683.8108. 

Best in Class can add 8-10 additional units in the Houston market. The current team behind Best in Class is looking for passionate and dedicated individuals to join this premier franchise family and ensure Houston’s youth will excel in math and English.