• Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) offers a variety of opportunities for increased student participation in programs of advanced study to include the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma,  Commonwealth Governor’s School (CGS) [an Academic Year Governor’s School regional gifted program], the International Baccalaureate Programme Diploma (IB), and the STAT Academy. which are all rigorous, pre-university curriculum and examination programs designed for academically able students. 


  • The Advanced Placement (AP), AP Capstone Diploma, Commonwealth Governor's School (CGS), International Baccalaureate Programme (IB), and Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT) programs offer students a well-balanced curriculum; focusing on high academic standards, emphasizing practical real-world applications, and international perspectives.  All of these programs accentuate the development of higher order thinking skills, including problem solving and creativity.

    AP provides students with discipline-specific studies to prepare students for college and the workforce. Those students who pursue the  AP Capstone also take AP Seminar and AP Research, which is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. Completing the AP Capstone requirements can earn students the ability to earn an AP Capstone Seal on their diplomas.

    CGS is a regional program meant to support the gifted learner. The three CGS community strands of environment, development, and service are key components of the CGS curriculum; students are challenged through problem-based instruction through an interdisciplinary approach. 

    IB provides a broad, globalized, general education option for students who excel in studies across the curriculum while providing for specialization in accord with particular interests and goals. 

    STAT is a state-approved Governor’s STEM Academy.  STAT is a four-year college-prep program of study utilizing integrated hands-on, project-based instruction focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career areas. (STEM includes medical fields). 




    • Opportunities for an advanced study focusing on increasing students' meta-cognitive skills (self-monitoring of learning)

    • Instruction that focuses on teamwork and collaborative investigation

    • Increases in students' confidence and motivation to succeed in an advanced study courses

    • A challenging environment that inspires and encourages students to believe in their own potential

    • Experiencing university-level coursework while still in secondary school

    • Increased opportunities to qualify for scholarships due to the rigor of the academic program

    • Increase in options due to credits earned (explore double major, study abroad

    • Increased opportunities for students to participate and succeed on the AP/IB  final examinations

    • The potential for AP, DE, and IB students to obtain university credit and fulfill requirements

    • Save time and money (parent and student)

    • Students have the opportunity to earn college credit before leaving the high school setting 

    • Many state colleges and universities will award up to a maximum of 38 credit hours for achievement on AP/IB exams

    • Additional opportunities to earn advanced status at many colleges and universities with passing scores on the associated AP/IB examinations and exam certificates.




  • SCPS Secondary Program is committed to providing academic opportunities that are consistent with the research findings of how students learn. When a student applies for SCPS Secondary Programs, we hope their goal is to commit to a program that strives to do the following: 

    • engage students in inquiry; 
    • provide opportunities for students to experiment and analyze information critically; 
    • encourage students to make conjectures and debate their validity;
    • and enable students to solve problems both individually and collaboratively. 

    We are dedicated to preparing and producing All-Century Learners today for all of our tomorrows.

Secondary Programs Announcements

  • Thank you for checking the Gifted and Secondary Programs Calendar on the left side of this page for events and activities!

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GSP Contact Info


    Stephenie Fellinger, Ed.D.

    Teaching & Learning Facilitator for K-12 Gifted Education and Secondary Programs
    Phone: 540.658.6689