About Gifted Services
Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains (National Association of Gifted Children). Students whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require additional services to meet their educational needs are served at all levels through the Focus on Excellence Program. The gifted resource teaching staff, as well as gifted service programs, are commonly referred to as "Focus." The Focus teacher at each school provides services and resources to students, families, and general education classrooms teachers to meet the needs of students receiving gifted education services.
Parents, students, and teachers participate in the identification process for the need for gifted education services and work together to develop students’ abilities and talents through appropriate learning experiences and environments.
Furthermore, parents, teachers, and students may refer students for gifted identification by completing the referral forms found in the school offices; identification for gifted services may occur at any time in a student’s K-12 education.
The Identification process includes the use of ability tests, achievement tests, student work samples, parent survey, student observation/interview, and teacher observation(s). Students may be identified to receive gifted services in the areas of academics or arts. Additional information regarding the referral and identification process may be found by contacting your school's gifted resource teacher or Dr. Fellinger, Gifted Facilitator.
Parents are encouraged to participate in a number of activities that are designed not only to inform them but also to encourage them to offer their skills to improve learning experiences for their children. Opportunities for involvement include chaperoning for field trips, becoming mentors for independent study projects, assisting after-school chess and thinking/game clubs, Open House nights, parent workshops, parent conferences, and the Gifted Advisory Committee.
Stephenie L. Fellinger, Ed.D
Facilitator of K-12 Gifted Education and Secondary Programs
CGS Application 2019
CONGRATULATIONS on your decision to apply to The Commonwealth Governor’s School. By downloading this application packet, you have taken the first step toward an exciting new learning experience. The application packet includes:
Application Form: Fill Out Below
Student Application Process Timeline
Candidate Profile Sheet
Honors Form - Fill out Below, Examples of Honors
Student Portfolio Self-Assessment Form
Three Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Forms
Use the Student Application Checklist as a guide to complete your application packet. Return your completed application to your Gifted Resource teacher or K-12 Facilitator of Gifted & Secondary Programs or have your application uploaded by Thursday, January 31, 2019. If you are not presently a student in a public school in Stafford County Public Schools, you must also include a signed Certification of Intent to Enroll form. You must be enrolled full-time in a public school in Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) to attend The Commonwealth Governor's School (CGS).CGS Application 2019
College & Career
for Monday, January 7, 2019
at Brooke Point High School
from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
All Middle School students are invited to attend. Come to learn about all of the possible high school courses you can choose to take.
CGS Application Process Timeline 2019
Phase 1- Application
Thursday, January 3
Application packets available:
- On the division's website, OR
- from Middle and High School Gifted Resource Teachers, OR
- Stephenie Fellinger, Ed.D--K-12 Facilitator of Gifted and Secondary Programs
Tuesday, January 8
Workshop for completing the CGS application
Stafford Middle School- 6:30-7:30 PM
This session is optional. Please bring an application with you or laptop.
Thursday, January 31
Applications due to the Gifted Resource teacher of the student’s school or to the K-12 Facilitator of Gifted & Secondary Programs at the School Board Office.
Phase 2- Testing
Abilities testing administered at the student’s school
Phase 3 – Portfolio/Interview
Individual interviews/portfolio reviews at each middle or high school
Letters mailed to students with notification of status