SEARCH sixth graders at the CSH DNA Center.

SEARCH Students Engage in Labs at DNA Center

June 23, 2017

Who doesn’t like to experience something new? Certainly not sixth graders in the Huntington School District’s SEARCH program. Thirty youngsters recently traveled to the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor for a series of labs that ignited their intellectual curiosity.

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SEARCH Mock Trials Spur Intellectual Battles

June 16, 2017

There’s nothing like a courtroom battle to get the competitive juices flowing. Students in the Huntington School District’s SEARCH program enjoyed the intellectual give and take that this year’s Trial Day provided.

Maryann Daly

H-ton Seniors Return for SEARCH Trial Day

May 24, 2017

Fifth graders in the Huntington School District’s SEARCH program have annually proved they can be just as crafty in a courtroom as real attorneys. This year’s students will get a chance to display their skills during Trial Day activities next Friday.

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H-ton Youngsters Strong in Suffolk Math Tournament

May 15, 2017

The Suffolk County Mathematics Tournament on the Stony Brook University campus drew many of the region’s top young minds, including some exceptional Huntington School District students.

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SEARCH Fifth Graders Have Fun with Genetics Lab

January 9, 2017

The study of genetics can be mind-numbing. But fifth graders participating in the Huntington School District’s SEARCH program embraced the subject matter during a recent 12 week unit that culminated in a fun lab.

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SEARCH Sixth Graders Study Shakespeare

January 5, 2017

Sixth graders participating in the Huntington School District’s SEARCH program recently spent 12 weeks studying William Shakespeare and the playwright’s impact on the world.

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Huntington First Graders are Speaking Up

December 20, 2016

First graders have a lot to say and the Huntington School District is encouraging them to speak out and let the world know what’s on their mind.

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SEARCH Fifth Graders Study at DNA Center

December 15, 2016

A trip to the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor for a set of labs ignited the intellectual curiosity of 35 fifth graders in the Huntington School District’s SEARCH program.

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Huntington SEARCH Casts Wide Umbrella

July 08, 2016

Three decades after its debut, the Huntington School District’s SEARCH program is still going strong.


  • SEARCH forms and files can be accessed here.
  • The National Research Center on Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, investigates, develops, and disseminates new methods for identifying and teaching gifted students. The NRC/GT, located at the University of Connecticut, is run collaboratively with the University of Virginia and Yale University, and works in conjunction with more than 300 public school district research study sites.
  • The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders to address the unique needs of children and youth. Membership includes a subscription to Parenting for High Potential, a magazine with articles geared to the development of talent.
  • You can search State Resources for Gifted Education and Individual State Gifted Organizations on the NAGC website by clicking on the heading "Gifted By State."
    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

  • The Association for the Gifted (TAG) organized in 1958 by The Council for Exceptional Children, helps professionals and parents work with gifted children.

  • The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS) provides a forum for ideas and interventions aimed at helping twice-exceptional students reach their full potential.

  • The Davidson Institute for Talent Development has extensive resources for highly gifted students (and their parents). You can access articles by selecting "Browse by Topic" or "Search GT-Cybersource" from the "Resources" header in the pull-down top bar menu bar.

    Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) focuses primarily on the adults (parents, educators, etc) in the lives of gifted children. SENG provides information on identification, guidance, and effective ways to live and work with gifted individuals.

  • Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is a resource guide for the education of gifted children with links to many gifted education resources available on the Internet.

  • Resources for Discovering and Encouraging Interests:

  • Filamentality "Learning Web":

  • The Academy of Achievement:

  • Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE)
    c/o Mary-Ellen Seitelman, President
    10 Sandalwood Drive
    Clifton Park, NY 12065

  • Science sites:








  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth



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HUFSD SEARCH Program Students

SEARCH was authorized by the Huntington School Board following a 1980 request from community members for a stimulating and challenging program designed specifically for students who had been identified as academically talented. 

Parents wanted this program of study to take place during the child’s regular school day in order to offer an increased level of challenge not provided in regular classrooms due to the diverse set of academic abilities found there.

The differentiated SEARCH curriculum is geared to the top three to five percent of the group, using hands on, interactive experiences.

The Huntington School Board and community were involved in selecting the methods used in the identification of these children, and decided to accept the top ten percent of each grade’s population into the SEARCH (Scholastic Enrichment And Resource For Children In Huntington).

The purpose and goal of the SEARCH program was, and still is, to provide hands-on group instruction to those students achieving in the top ten percent of their grade’s population. The program continues to challenge, stimulate and provide students with a differentiated curriculum of study, involving all aspects of Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, with self-actualization being the ultimate goal.


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Maryann Daly, Chairperson

Maryann Daly is the chairperson of the Huntington School District SEARCH program. She earned a bachelor of arts in English and elementary education at Marymount College and a master of arts in early childhood education at Adelphi University. She also possesses a master of science from Long Island University with a specialization in teaching the gifted and talented.

Mrs. Daly, who in addition to her administrative responsibilities, teaches SEARCH classes filled with over 85 qualifying fifth and sixth graders. She has been a Huntington faculty member since 1983, when she began her career here as a sixth grade teacher. She earned a professional diploma along with administrative certification at Long Island University and she also holds certification as a gifted and talented teacher.

Her work in the SEARCH program has included a relentless pursuit of grants to provide additional opportunities for advanced study. Mrs. Daly has also served as the coach for Huntington’s Math Olympiad team, teaching classes consisting of more than 90 fifth and sixth graders in the program.

For the past eight years, Mrs. Daly has trained and brought the top scoring fifth and sixth grade teams to the Stony Brook Math Tournament, with students regularly earning top individual and team honors.

Over the past 15 years, Mrs. Daly has nominated her Math Olympiad students to take the qualifying exam for participation in the Institute of Creative Problem Solving with Huntington students consistently being offered placement into this prestigious program.

Mrs. Daly has written and applied for over 50 Huntington Foundation mini-grants and STAR grants and received more than $58,000 for academic enrichment activities, New York Hall of Science fourth grade labs, public speaking workshops for first and sixth graders, specialized Mad Science programs and Science Spectacular shows at each of Huntington’s four primary schools.

Through HFEE funded grants, Mrs. Daly has also been able to provide Smartboard game packs that every K-4 teacher is able to access via a classroom computer. What is most gratifying to her is learning how many teachers consistently use these game packs to enhance their lessons. She continues to write grants to help teachers help their students in an interesting and fun way.

Mrs. Daly’s SEARCH classes have included the integration of iPads, apps and SMART Board lessons relating to Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, mock trials, genetics and forensics.

The Huntington Foundation awarded Mrs. Daly a Star grant in the amount of $12,000 in 2008 to provide video-conferencing capabilities. Since then many teachers have scheduled related learning experiences for students across elementary and secondary grade levels.

Nominated by the New York Hall of Science for her relentless efforts in bringing science to hundreds of students each year, Mrs. Daly is a 2007 Siemen's Corporation Science Teacher Award recipient. She was one of only ten honorees in New York and the only one from Long Island.