The MNPS Encore Program is designed to nurture, challenge, and develop the potential of gifted and talented students. Intellectually gifted and academically talented students are those whose intellectual abilities and potential for achievement are so outstanding that they need special attention to meet their educational needs. Eligibility is determined based on demonstration of advanced classroom performance, superior results on a national-normed achievement test, and evidence of higher level thinking as measured by assessment of abstract reasoning and logical thinking.

The Encore Program serves eligible students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Encore classes meet one-half day each week in local schools.

As almost 1/3 of Glendale's students participate in Encore, Glendale has the benefit of a dedicated Encore teacher and classroom.  Dr. Jacqueline Kent taught at Glendale for ten years prior to being appointed as the Advanced Academics Resource Teacher. She has been teaching for 19 years. Dr. Kent is originally from South Africa and has traveled extensively, including having lived in Bolivia where she became fluent in Spanish. She has two daughters, loves hiking and gardening and rescues border collies. She is reachable at jacqueline.kent@mnps.org.