Magnet and T.A.D. Comparison

Magnet  Description

Thinking And Doing (TAD) Description

High Performing Learners


Gifted and Talented Learners

Wicomico County's program for high achieving students.

Wicomico County's Gifted and Talented Progam according to COMAR.


Grades 3-5


Grades 3-8

Daily In-Class Instruction


Pull-Out Instruction Once Per Cycle

Whole Class


Small Group

Students are given traditional grades based on performance on assessments, homework, classwork, etc. 

Grades are not given. Students complete self assessments and teachers provide written feedback and hold parent conferences.


Housed in one school- North Salisbury


Taught in all schools grades 3-8



Content is curriculum based and aligned with Maryland's Common Core Ready Standards (MDCCRS).

Content is not aligned with the state curriculum. Provides enrichment opportunities to students and may address some of the same content as state.