Gifted and Secondary Programs Description

  • Welcome to Colonial Forge High School’s Gifted and Secondary Programs resource page.  Gifted, talented, and highly motivated students are identified as having needs beyond what the regular classroom may provide.  GSP - previously known as Focus in middle and elementary school - addresses the needs of not only identified gifted students but also all students who are interested in pursuing accelerated learning opportunities.  Focus at the high school level is truly a resource program; students are not pulled out of their regular classes for enrichment or acceleration on a regular basis.  Gifted and highly motivated students are encouraged to take challenging courses that offer higher level thinking skills, address their individual needs, interests, and strengths, and prepare them for university studies.  


    Colonial Forge offers students a variety of opportunities to follow their diverse interests.  CFHS offers Advanced Placement classes in most subject areas, as well as the new AP Capstone Diploma Program (AP Seminar and AP Research).  Commonwealth Governor’s School, APPX, Independent Study, and Virtual Virginia are all additional programs of which students may take advantage during their studies here at CFHS.


    Students identified as gifted are added to the Google Classroom page at the beginning of each school year, and information regarding programs and offerings will be updated primarily in Google Classroom throughout the year.  Parents who wish to be added to our county Google Classroom may contact me, and I will be happy to add your email.  Major programs, such as Summer Residential Governor's School, will also be announecd on this website. 


    As the gifted resource teacher, I am available to meet with students should they have questions about enrichment programs, scheduling, or other academic concerns. In addition, I assist students applying to various summer programs including the Summer Residential Governor's School, Summer Regional Governor's School, and numerous other opportunities.


    Mrs. Laura Spicer

    English/AP Capstone/Gifted Resource Teacher

    540.658.6115, Room 304


  • Summer Regional Governor's School Applications are now avaliable on our Google Classroom page for Gifted and Secondary Programs.  Students should see Mrs. Spicer for details.  Applications are due April 1st. The prgram this year is Chemistry Lab/Forensic Science.

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  • Parent and Student Information Night: Planning Summer and Other Enrichment Experiences
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7pm MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL Room 104 (downstairs in Academic Wing)

    Gifted and Secondary Programs Coordinators from both MVHS and CFHS will present about the opportunities available to you during your high school career. While freshmen are not eligible to apply to certain programs this year, it is vital to understand the requirements and process in order to better your chances of acceptance by creating a path to the activities and opportunities in which you would like to participate in the future.

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  • Summer Residential Governor's School

    Sophomores or Juniors in Focus who are interested in applying for the prestigious Summer Residential Governor's School should come to a brief informational meeting at 2:20 in Room 304 on Monday, October 15.  Various academic and performing arts programs are available.  Please see Mrs. Spicer with any questions. Visit the link below for more information:


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  • CFHS Freshmen: You should be receiving a welcome letter this week!  Most of you will receive it through your English class, and I ask that you read it carefully and bring it home to show to your parent or guardian. 

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  • Aerospace Education Opportunities

    Virginia Department of Aviation has programs available to both teachers and students that can help students succeed. The teachers grant program offers up to $500 to help teach aviation related lesson plans. For students, there are a number of scholarships and other programs available. Go to the DOAV's webpage for more information.

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  • Stock Market Game
    Teachers in grades 4-12, give your students the excitement of managing a simulated investment portfolio in the Stock Market Game™  It has many correlations for teaching math, social studies, business, economics, and language arts while focusing on the importance of long-term saving and investing and building research and collaboration skills. The fall and year-long sessions begin on September 24
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  • Riverside Young Writers Club

    Interested in becomming a writer? If so, check out the Riverside Young Writers Club which meets at the Salem Church Library.  The attached fliers provide meeting times and places.


    October 6th Meeting/Author Presentation

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  • Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)

    VASTS is a A NASA-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educational program for high school juniors and seniors in Virginia.  Please see the link for more information.  Students should apply online by November 11, 2018 if interested; be aware that recommendations are part of the application process, so be sure to start the process early!

    VASTS website

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  • Regeneron Science Talent Search (Seniors Only)

    It’s back to school season! With the start of the new school year, we wanted to let you know that the Regeneron Science Talent Search is now accepting applications. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious research competition for high school seniors—students could win up to $250,000!

    High school seniors with individual, original research projects are invited to apply online to the Regeneron STS. There are no limits to the number of students who can enter from any school, region or state, and students may submit research from any year of high school. The program is completely free.

    The top 300 scholars receive $2,000 each, and their schools also receive $2,000—that’s funding for STEM education in your community. Forty finalists will be invited to compete in the finals week competition in Washington, DC, all expenses paid. Every finalist receives at least $25,000 and if named in the top 10, could win between $40,000 and $250,000. Check out last year’s highlights video, learn more about the top 40 finalists’ research projects in this video from the Public Exhibition of Projects, watch the winner’s results and remarks from Malcolm Gladwell in this video from our awards gala to learn more.

    The application will close on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 8pm ET, but we encourage interested students to open applications soon in order to receive tips and reminders.

    We hope to see eligible students from your school apply to the 78th Regeneron Science Talent Search. Please email with any questions you may have about the application process.

    Allie Stifel
    Director, Regeneron Science Talent Search
    Society for Science & the Public

    Regeneron Science Talent Search

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