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 Gifted Resource teacher at each school provides services and resources to students, families, and general education classroom teachers to meet the instructional needs of students receiving gifted education services.
Therefore, the foundation of SCPS’ gifted program provides opportunities for our gifted students to interact with their intellectual peers and participate in educational experiences with higher levels of depth and rigor. To promote the development of gifted students, we:
1) differentiate instruction;
2) collaborate with teachers, parents, and students;
3) provide for specialized educational experiences;
4) foster the development of Growth Mindset.
Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted 2017-2022
Division school boards are required by 8 VAC 20-40-60A to approve a comprehensive Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted that includes the components identified in the regulations. The below document is Stafford County Public School's Local Plan for 2017-2022. Each school division has a gifted education coordinator assigned the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the local gifted plan. VDOE conducts a technical review of local gifted plans, reviewing each school divisions’ gifted plan every five years.