9-12 Gifted Services
Focus on Excellence: Gifted and Secondary Programs (GSP)
Focus is Stafford County Public Schools’ gifted and secondary program title. Gifted and talented students are identified as having needs beyond what the regular classroom usually provides.
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 Gifted Resource teacher (or the K-12 Facilitator for Gifted and Secondary Programs) 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 / Gifted Facilitator is available via email or phone at his or her respective building; check the school’s website for program information.
Gifted students should join their school’s Gifted Resource page, so they can access information and updates on special programming, enrichment, other various opportunities, and scholarships at any time!
SECONDARY AND SPECIALTY PROGRAMS
Students may take AP courses and some non-AP courses online through Virtual Virginia, provided by the Virginia Department of Education. Students are encouraged to sign an Early College Scholars (ECS) agreement, which promotes taking 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 for those students who sign up for ECS. Please note courses must be signed up for by August 1st of the school year. www.virtualvirginia.org
GIFTED AND SECONDARY PROGRAMS INDEPENDENT STUDY
Grades 11-12 - 1 Credit. Recommended Background: Written proposal and interview required (Does not count toward graduation requirements). Students may propose a year-long study of a topic of interest, working under the supervision of the Gifted Resource Teacher and other teacher or community mentors. To earn credit, students must document hours and must complete and present a substantive product. Assessment is on a pass/fail basis. Schools offering course: All
COMMONWEALTH GOVERNOR'S SCHOOLS (CGS)
The CGS curriculum is designed to challenge students in four major academic content areas, through problem-based instruction appropriate for gifted and highly motivated learners and to focus on the community issues of environment, development, and service. High-speed Internet access, desktop video conferencing, and e-mail enable students to reach worldwide resources for special interest projects and intensive research. Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment options are available. Students participate in foreign language, health/PE, electives, and activities at their home-based high school. The CGS faculty is determined to provide the kind of coaching, mentoring, and individualization gifted and highly motivated learners need to achieve their fullest potential. Students from participating SCPS high schools travel to one of the three CGS sites: Colonial Forge High School, North Stafford High School, and Stafford High School.
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 High School and Brooke Point High School. 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 site or email IB Coordinators Theresa Gaddy (MV) or Julie Stemple-Hoover (BP) for questions. www.ibo.org
ENRICHMENTStudents should see or email the Gifted Resource teacher as well as check out the following websites if interested in enrichment programs such as...
Summer Residential Governor’s School — Summer Residential Governor's School 2018-2019 is four weeks of high-level work with other gifted students at Virginia colleges for 10th– and 11th-graders and FREE if students are selected.
Fredericksburg Regional Governor’s School — two-week enrichment in science and mentorships at a local location. Brochures will come out in the spring.
Links for PSAT/NMSQT
- PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide
- PSAT/NMSQT Resource Library
- College Board Free PSAT/NMSQT and SAT Practice
- College Board / Khan Academy Official SAT Practice
- PSAT/NMSQT Practice Tests
- PSAT/NMSQT 2015 Practice Test #1
- PSAT/NMSQT Practice Answer Sheet
- Scoring Your PSAT/NMSQT 2015 Practice Test #1
- PSAT/NMSQT 2015 Practice Test #1 Answer Explanations
- PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide