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

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