STAFFORD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
GIFTED AND ACCELERATED PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
|HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM & SERVICES|
Focus on Excellence: Gifted and Accelerated Programs and Services (GAP)
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!
ACCELERATED AND SIGNATURE PROGRAMS
Students should also see or email the Focus teacher as well as check out the following websites if interested in enrichment programs such as...
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.
SCHOOL BOARD GIFTED ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Kids Source OnLine
Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
Brooke Point High School - Dewey Reynolds - 540.658.6080
Colonial Forge High School - Janae Williams - 540.658.6115
Mountain View High School—Star Kiesau - 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
Last Updated: 11/18/14
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