BOTOŞANI Centrul de Excelenta pentru Tinerii Capabili de Performanta Botosani (CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR GIFTED STUDENTS ) started its activity in 2001 and still continues in the school year 2013-2014, as well. CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR GIFTED STUDENTS has the purpose of offering gifted students a more complex school training , focused on their skills and needs, so that students’ performance and creativity should be stimulated and achieved. The whole activity of the Center of Excellence for Gifted Students is coordinated by the County School Inspectorate of Botoșani. The politics and the strategies for the selection, the gifted children and students’ support and motivation are elaborated according to the methodological norms and educational politics drawn up by the National Center of Differentiated Training in collaboration with the specialized departments of the Ministry of National Education and the Evaluation and Assessment National Center. The admission at the Center of Excellence for Gifted Students is available to all the students, based on the tenured teachers’ recommendation from schools. The selection itself is made at the beginning of the school year, following taking a test. Tests may be taken during the school year, too, but it is not compulsory. Teachers’ selection for high performance activities is accomplished by the County School Inspectorate of Botosani. The school subjects contributing to such training are Informatics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Students are, normally, prepared weekly, for about 2-3 hours (on Saturdays usually). The classes are held in schools from BOTOSANI and DOROHOI, under the guidance of teachers who obtained very good results at National Olympiads. 92% of the prizes won at the National Level of the School Olympiads in all the 5 school subjects have been obtained by students who attended courses at the CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR GIFTED STUDENTS. This school year, three new Centers of Excellence for Gifted Students have been opened in Botosani County: two in the town of Botosani located in the “A. T. Laurian” National College and “Mihai Eminescu” National College, and another one in Dorohoi located in the “Grigore Ghica” National College. Last year there were only 6 teaching positions at the Center, but we are planning to develop and extend and there will be 10 teaching positions now. In addition, language training programmes for gifted students are available now. Proficient students can attend Romanian, English, French and Classical language classes at the Centre. In this school year, at the Center of Excellence for Gifted Students, Botosani, there are 79 teachers teaching 10 different school subjects and training 1055 students. • At this time we are proud to have got 450 prizes at county, intercounty, regional and national contests approved by the Ministry of National Education for the 2013-2014 school year. The National Level of the School Olympiads, that is ongoing at this time, will reconfirm the CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR GIFTED STUDENTS as an ,, Olympic nursery” of the Botosani County. The Center of Excellence for Gifted Students, Botoșani - partner in European projects Comenius Multilateral School Partnership Project „QED – Quality in Europe’s Diversity” nr. 11-PM-75-BT-RO, 2011-2013 Partners from Germany, Greece, Iceland, Poland, Turkey, Romania C0menius Multilateral School Partnership Project „ICT-based Educational Application for Mathematics” Nr. 13-PM-10-BT-RO, 2013-2015 Partners from Germany, Croaţia, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania ICTEAM is a partnership aimed to improve the quality of educational process and management in the institutions involved. While the partner schools cover all range of pre-university education, main targeted topic are mathematics, and proposed strategy is to use the newest ICT devices (tablet PC with handwriting recognition, white and active board), and educational software for mathematics (XyAlgebra, IXL, GeoGebra), in order to implement active learning methods in the classroom. Our message for our partners : Excellence is obtained setting high standards and encouraging competition.