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, 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 9-11, will also be announced on Canvas and via email.  

    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. Susan Easter, M.Ed.

    Resource Teacher for Gifted Education



  • 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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  • September through October many informational sessions are being offered at this link:  Sessions include topics such as finding the best fit for college, getting involved on campus, the do's and don'ts of college essays, VA private colleges, the value of internships, AP/IB/DE enrollment in college admissions, etc., etc., etc.  The list goes on!!  You (I believe your parent will need to register you) will need to register for the free sessions in order to get the login code.  Once registered, you will receive an email with the link to join the webinar via Zoom.  

    Please check the above-mentioned website often during the next 6-7 weeks for free sessions related to college.

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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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