Gifted and Secondary Programs

  • 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 (CGS), 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 their grade level Canvas online learning platform at the beginning of the school year, and information regarding programs and offerings will be updated on Canvas and via email throughout the year.  Major programs, such as Summer Residential Governor's School for gifted students in grades 10-11 and Summer Regional Governor's School, will also be announced on Canvas.  

    As the gifted resource teacher, or Focus 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. Susan Easter, M.Ed.

    Resource Teacher for Gifted Education



  • During February and March College Board is hosting FREE virtual events for high school students to connect with college admission reps!  Check out the link below for more information: 

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  • Attention 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students:  This Thursday, January 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. an informational session will be held regarding our AP Capstone (courses: AP Seminar & AP Research) program.  This important session explaining what the AP Capstone program is all about will be held via Google Meet.  Below is the information needed to attend.

    AP Capstone Information Night: January 7, 2021, 7:00 -8:00 p.m.

    Google Meet Link Meeting ID:
    Join by Phone Number: (‪US‬)‪+1 832-598-8878‬; PIN: ‪567 038 782#‬
    Please note you MUST have a google email or use your student's school email address when logging onto the site. 
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  • AP Capstone is based on two yearlong courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, both of which are designed to complement other AP classes students may take.  Not only does the two-course program offer rigorous study, it helps students stand out in the college admissions process, and gives students the opportunity to explore issues of their choosing. AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary AP electives which teach students skills such as critical thinking, argumentation, research, collaboration, communication, and time managment - all skills which are needed for college-level work. 

    Students may take the first course, AP Seminar, beginning sophomore or junior year, and take AP Research junior or senior year.  Seniors may take AP Seminar as a stand-alone AP elective. Although the courses are AP electives, they are considered part of the English Department at CFHS.  AP Capstone is open to ALL students, and there is no application process.  Students in CGS, STAT, and other programs are welcome to take AP Capstone, too.

    If you would like more information about the AP Capstone program at CFHS, please contact Mrs. Easter at, your guidance counselor, or Mrs. Spicer, the AP Capstone teacher, at 

    Here is the link to the AP Capstone program informational video:

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  • The 2021 Summer Residential Governor's School programs (SRGS) provide gifted 10th and 11th graders with intensive educational experiences in the areas of humanities, math, science, & technology, visual & performing arts, or through mentorships in marine science, engineering, and medicine.

    If students are accepted to this competitive program, they live on campus at a college or university for up to four weeks in the summer.  During this time students are involved in classroom and lab work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars and experts.  In the mentorships, students work side-by-side with scientists, physicians, and other professionals.  A director and student-life staff provide around the clock supervision throughout the program.  

    For more information and application information, please email Mrs. Easter at  You can also check out the information about SRGS on the VDOE website.

    Don't delay.  Applications are due prior to the holiday break in December.

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  • For those interested in applying to our National Honor Society:  The NHS advisor says applications will be available once students return to the building (hopefully, second semester).  

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  • The SAT will be given at CFHS on the following Saturdays during the 2020-2021 school year:

       October 3

       November 7

       December 5

       March 13

       May 8

    Please register at, if you plan to take the SAT.

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  • Please be sure to register at for your AP courses.  You will need to indicate that you plan to take the end-of-course AP exam so the exam can be ordered for you.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact your AP course teacher or Mrs. Easter.

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