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 (gifted education services) 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 for grades 9-11 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.


    Susan Easter, M.Ed.

    Gifted Education Specialist



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  • The University of Virginia will not require SAT or ACT scores for students who apply for admission for the 2022 and 2023 school years.  Here is the article with more information:

    Students, please be sure to check the website of each college or university to which you plan to apply to see if test scores are optional.

    As always, Mrs. Easter is available to discuss college preparation and the application process with students.  Please reach out to her at

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  • 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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  • 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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