STAFFORD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
GIFTED AND ACCELERATED PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
ACCELERATED AND SIGNATURE PROGRAMS ENRICHMENT
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM & SERVICES
Focus is Stafford County Public Schools’ gifted and accelerated program title. Gifted and talented students are identified as having needs beyond what the regular classroom usually provides; this identification process takes place on a large scale during elementary school.
Focus at the high school is truly a resource program; students are not pulled out of their regular classes for enrichment or acceleration on a regular basis. However, the Focus resource teacher (GAP Coordinator) is available to identified students for one-on-one work with teachers to accelerate or enrich curriculum as needed, and he or she is also either the facilitator or the contact/ liaison for several programs available for gifted students (see next section for details).
Each school’s gifted resource teacher / GAP Coordinator is available via email or phone at his or her respective building; check the school’s website for program information. These websites can be found on the SCPS home page:
Focus students should join their school’s Focus Resource page so they can access information and updates on special programming, enrichment, other various opportunities, and scholarships at any time!
Students may take AP courses and some non-AP courses online through Virtual Virginia, provided by the Virginia Department of Education. If a student signs an Early College Scholars agreement, promising to take at least 15 transferable credits throughout his or high school career, Virtual Virginia courses can be taken free of charge (the state picks up the cost), and the required AP test for the AP courses is also free. www.virtualvirginia.org
Independent Study — a one-credit, year-long, pass/fail course developed by the student — is a wonderful opportunity for students to delve deeply into a topic about which they are passionate that they would not normally get a chance to study in high school.
Students do not have to be in Focus to take the course, but gifted learners often are the ones who get the most out of it. They must choose topics that matter intensely to them as either a career choice or simply as an abiding personal interest, and they must be self-disciplined, self-motivated, and organized to do well.
COMMONWEALTH GOVERNOR'S SCHOOLS (CGS)
Students wanting an overall challenge focusing on AP courses and field-experience learning in the four core academic areas may apply for CGS, which is offered at Stafford, North Stafford, and Colonial Forge. Students at Mountain View or Brooke Point travel to attend CGS and take their electives at their base schools. www.cgs.k12.va.us.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
The IB Diploma Program, designed for highly motivated students who seek a rigorous, comprehensive, integrated program of study focused on analytical thinking, high-level communication skills, and a global perspective, is offered at Mountain View and Brooke Point. Academic study is balanced with a focus on the learner as an active participant in the local and global community. Students may pursue the full IB Diploma or take individual IB diploma courses; see the IB page on either school’s SchoolFusion site or email IB Coordinators Lisa Renard-Spicer (MV) or Julie Stemple-Hoover (BP) for questions.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAMS OF EXCELLENCE (APPX)
APPX provides highly motivated students the opportunity to create a challenging and individually tailored interdisciplinary program of study. Different program options are designed to provide a wide variety of AP courses relating to the student’s interests and academic strengths, and are integrated with relevant service learning components. APPX is offered at Stafford, North Stafford, and Colonial Forge; each school has an APPX Coordinator. See each school’s SchoolFusion site for more information.
Summer Residential Governor’s School — four weeks of high-level work with other gifted students at Virginia colleges, for 10th– and 11th-graders, amazing, FREE if students are selected http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/index.shtml
Click on Summer Residential.
Summer Regional Governor’s School — two-week enrichment in science and mentorships, local location. Brochures will come out in the spring.
Destination ImagiNation — “Up to seven participants work together as a team for several months to create their solution to a Team Challenge, which can have a focus that is theatrical, structural, improvisational, scientific or technical. Teams also learn and practice creative quick-thinking skills for the Instant Challenge portion of the program.” www.idodi.org
Other Potential Enrichment Opportunities for High School Focus Students: Field trips, seminar discussions, Knowledge Master Open, etc. Each school is a little different from the others, depending on student needs and interests.
2012-2013 GIFTED ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Colonial Forge High School—
Jessica Dieffenbacher - 540.658.6115
Mountain View High School—Greg Feducia - 540.658.6840
North Stafford High School— Felicita Cardenas - 540.658.6150
Stafford High School—Helga Purnell - 540.371.7200
Melanie Daniel, Supervisor of Gifted and Accelerated Programs - 540.658.6000
ACCELERATED AND SIGNATURE PROGRAMS
Last Updated: 12/12/2012
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