Barrington Council for the Gifted and Talented

The Barrington Council for the Gifted and Talented (BCGT) is a non-profit organization of parents and educators whose common purpose is to support gifted education in School District 220. On this website you will find information about BCGT, the events we sponsor, newsletters, contact and membership information and links to other interesting resources. We hope you join us!

We are looking for some enthusiastic parent volunteers to join our board.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with your children's education and advocate for extended services in our district. BCGT is an entirely parent volunteer run organization and without your help and participation, we cannot continue to provide the programs, advocacy or networking opportunities for our membership. If you are interested in a board position or just helping with a specific event, we encourage you to email us here

Upcoming Events
  • BCGT Science Night on Thursday, January 15, 6:30-8:00 PM,
    held at Prairie Middle School Cafeteria

    BCGT College NightPlease join us for Science Night! Sue Lenz will once again be on hand to guide the kids through the fun and exciting world of science. All the necessary tools will be on hand. You just need to bring your child and he/she needs to bring an imagination! Please join us for an event that promises more than just fun. 1st-8th graders are welcome to join us. Parents of students in 3rd grade or younger should plan on staying to help.
    Advance registration is encouraged for this popular event. If you are already a BCGT member, it's free. For non members, the cost is $10 per family. To register, email us at
  • BCGT Talk with Dr. Harris, January 15, 6:30-8:00 PM,
    held at Prairie Middle School Library

    While the kids are exploring science, we invite all parents to stay in the Prairie library and join us for a discussion about the future of gifted education in District 220. Please take a moment in advance to send us some of your questions for district superintendant Dr. Harris. We want to give him an opportunity to investigate some of the issues that are important to our members before we talk. Please send us your questions by emailing us at You can also ask questions at the meeting. Even if you can't be there, we will be sharing all the information heard at the meeting at a future time.
  • BCGT Freshman Transitions Night, February 5, 6:00-7:00 PM,
    held at Barrington High School

    Moving to high school next year? Then stop by to talk about what’s in store for extended students. We’ll have parents and high school students on hand to answer questions about classes and activities. Please join us before you head to the official BHS Transitions Night (which starts at 7 PM). More details to follow, so stay tuned!

Check it out!
  • We have moved to the system of emailing you with all new information periodically. You can go to the Newsletter page to view previous issues of our newsletter. 
  • BCGT has again awarded over $1500 in classroom grants in the 2012-2013 school year!
    We are very proud to honor these grants to our extended teachers and classrooms and would like to thank our members for their contributions which made this possible. Please click on the link above to view a summary of the grants that were honored last year.
  • Links to Summer Program options are available here.
    BCGT does not endorse/review these programs.
    It is just a resource for you to explore.