• Gifted and Talented Education 

     Gifted

     

      Wendy King, Supervisor

     Jessica Mainhart, Elementary Gifted Coordinator

    Lyndria Bland, EDGE Coodinator (Empowering Diversity in Gifted Education)

     Susan Helsley, Secondary Gifted Resource Teacher

                                  PH: 571-252-1440     FX: 571-252-1635                               

    For news, announcements, and gifted referral forms, please click the Notifications tab below.  

  • NOTIFICATIONS - Important Info/Announcements

    Welcome

    Welcome to the Gifted Education office. We appreciate your interest in our programs and hope you will be able to find the information you need on this website page. If not, please contact one of the staff members listed above at your convenience. It will be our pleasure to speak with you.
      
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  • 2021 Gifted Evaluation Process - 3rd & 4th Grade

    To Parents/Guardians of 3rd & 4th Grade Students -

    The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) elementary gifted evaluation process was delayed last spring as a result of the pandemic. For updates on the evaluation process, please review the following information on this webpage. If you have questions, you may contact the gifted resource teacher at your child's school or submit a question to the LCPS Gifted Office using the link below.

    Thank you.

    Video Message: 2021 Gifted Evaluation Process (Elementary Grades 3-4)

    Slide Presentation:  2021 Gifted Evaluation Process (Elementary Grades 3-4)

    Slide Presentation (Spanish):  2021 Proceso de Evaluacion de Superdotados (Primaria)

    Submit a Question

  • Support for High-Ability and Gifted Learners During COVID-19

    Support for High-Ability and Gifted Learners

    During COVID-19

    National Association for Gifted Learners

    Support Your Gifted Child During COVID-19

    Support Your Gifted Child During COVID-19 (Spanish)

    Family Resources for Extraordinary Times (see parent resources)

    Social-Emotional Support (during COVID-19)

    Virginia Association for the Gifted

    Parent Workshop (June 7, 2021 at 7 pm) - What to Do with Your Gifted Learner this Summer

    Davidson Institute

    Support During COVID-19

  • SEARCH (Grades K-3)

    SEARCH teachers provide model lessons in thinking skills to students in grades K-3*. Classroom teachers work with the SEARCH teacher to screen students for gifted services. The bi-weekly SEARCH lessons are designed to foster an environment that encourages students to think, take intellectual risks, and develop an excitement for learning and discovery across a variety of thinking skills. 

     
    The SEARCH curriculum is problem-solving based and founded upon gifted education research.  The curriculum spirals developmentally through five components:  reasoning, perceiving, connecting, evaluating, and creating.  Each grade level learns about each component at increasingly more complex and abstract levels.
    *For the 21-22 school year, SEARCH will be taught in kindergarten during the second semester only. During the first semester, gifted resource teachers will provide SEARCH lessons in 1st through 4th grade classrooms.

  • FUTURA - Facilitating Understanding Through Utilizing Real-life Application (Grades 4-5)

    The FUTURA program seeks to enhance and to develop the intellect of 4th and 5th grade students who have been formally identified in need of gifted services. FUTURA is a pull out program where identified students receive enrichment and challenges one day a week in a center at another school. Some students receive services in their own school through the in-house model. Students are immersed in lessons that correlate the themes Structures and Systems to the Virginia Standards of Learning Objectives for the core content areas.
     
    FUTURA offers a stimulating environment focusing on higher level thinking skills and activities including:
    • Problem Solving
    • Critical Thinking
    • Creative Thinking
    • Evaluative Thinking

  • FUTURA - Fusion - School-Based, Collaborative Gifted Program (Grades 4-5)

    The School-Based, Collaborative Gifted Program, now known as FUTURA - Fusion, is a new model for delivering gifted services for 4th and 5th grade gifted learners. It was established to provide gifted services for students at their home schools. A gifted resource teacher collaborates with classroom teachers to challenge gifted learners in their regular classrooms by enriching and extending the general curriculum and by integrating curricula developed for gifted learners (e.g., William & Mary Literature Units, Jacob's Ladder, and Mentoring Mathematical Minds).  In addition, gifted learners meet during the week with other gifted learners to collaborate on a variety of challenging, interdisciplinary projects.

    The School-Based, Collaborative Gifted Program is implemented at the following elementary schools: 
     

    Phase 1 Schools (Began 2018-2019)

    ·      Ashburn Elementary School

    ·      Goshen Post Elementary School  

    ·      John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School

    ·      Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary School

    ·      Sanders Corner Elementary School

    ·      Steuart W. Weller Elementary School 

    Phase 2 Schools (Beginning 2019-2020)

    ·        Algonkian Elementary School

    ·        Ashburn Elementary School

    ·        Belmont Station Elementary School

    ·        Creighton’s Corner Elementary School

    ·        Emerick Elementary School

    ·        Evergreen Mill Elementary School

    ·        Goshen Post Elementary School 

    ·        John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School

    ·        Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary School

    ·        Moorefield Station Elementary School

    ·        Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School

    ·        Sanders Corner Elementary School

    ·        Steuart Weller Elementary School

    ·        Sugarland Elementary School

    Phase 3 Schools (Beginning 2020-2021)

    ·        Algonkian Elementary School

    ·        Arcola Elementary School

    ·        Ashburn Elementary School

    ·        Belmont Station Elementary School

    ·        Creighton’s Corner Elementary School

    ·        Emerick Elementary School

    ·        Evergreen Mill Elementary School

    ·        Goshen Post Elementary School 

    ·        John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School

    ·        Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary School

    ·        Lovettsville Elementary School

    ·        Moorefield Station Elementary School

    ·        Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School

    ·        Sanders Corner Elementary School

    ·        Steuart Weller Elementary School

    ·        Sugarland Elementary School

    ·        Sycolin Creek Elementary School

    Phase 4 Schools (Beginning 2021-2022)

    ·        Algonkian Elementary School

    ·        Arcola Elementary School

    ·        Ashburn Elementary School

    ·        Belmont Station Elementary School

    ·        Cardinal Ridge Elementary School

    ·        Catoctin Elementary School

    ·        Creighton’s Corner Elementary School

    ·        Emerick Elementary School

    ·        Evergreen Mill Elementary School

    ·        Forest Grove Elementary School

    ·        Goshen Post Elementary School

    ·        Hillside Elementary School

    ·        Hovatter Elementary School 

    ·        John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School

    ·        Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary School

    ·        Liberty Elementary School

    ·        Lovettsville Elementary School

    ·        Meadowland Elementary School

    ·        Moorefield Station Elementary School

    ·        Mountain View Elementary School

    ·        Pinebrook Elementary School

    ·        Rolling Ridge Elementary School

    ·        Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School

    ·        Round Hill Elementary School (4th Grade)

    ·        Sanders Corner Elementary School

    ·        Seldens Landing Elementary School (4th Grade)

    ·        Sterling Elementary School

    ·        Steuart Weller Elementary School

    ·        Sugarland Elementary School

    ·        Sycolin Creek Elementary School

    *If a school is implementing the new model for 4th grade only, the 5th grade gifted learners will go to the school’s assigned FUTURA center for gifted services.

  • FUTURA to Spectrum - Transition

    Transition from FUTURA to Spectrum

    One of the most common questions received by the Gifted Education Office from parents/guardians of 5th grade FUTURA students is, "Do I need to refer my child or get my child tested for Spectrum or is my child automatically enrolled in Spectrum in middle school." Here is the answer to this question . . .

    If a student is found eligible for gifted services in LCPS and participates in the FUTURA program (at a FUTURA center or in the child's home school), the student will automatically be enrolled in the Spectrum program when the student moves to middle school. It may be confusing since there is not a place to indicate this on the course selection sheet. This scheduling happens automatically over the summer (after July 1). Therefore, Spectrum may not appear on an early version of the student's schedule. Parents/guardians do not need to complete any additional paperwork to get Spectrum added to their child's schedule if the student was found eligible for gifted services and participated in FUTURA. 

  • EDGE - Empowering Diversity in Gifted Education (Grades K-5)

    The EDGE program is designed to nurture and challenge students with advanced academic potential from groups historically underrepresented in LCPS advanced academic and gifted programs. The program provides additional academic challenges for students designed to develop students' individual potential. Classroom teachers and gifted resource teachers work together to nurture academic potential in young learners and prepare them for more challenging and rigorous academic pathways.
     
     
     
    For parents and family members who want to know more about giftedness and gifted education, please click the following links:
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • SPECTRUM (Grades 6-8)

    The SPECTRUM program is designed to meet the needs of middle school students (grades 6-8) who have been identified in need of gifted services. Students attend SPECTRUM for a half block (approximately 45 minutes) every other day.
     
    The SPECTRUM curriculum framework focuses on four themes that are explored each year:  Business & Economics, Communication & Culture, Technology & Engineering, and Ethics & Perspectives. Students engage in project-based learning, research and inquiry, and problem solving. They are challenged to collaborate, communicate, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. Learning experiences are designed to develop initiative, creativity, and leadership skills. SPECTRUM provides students with opportunities for self-assessment and reflection on the demands and responsibilities of the gifted learner.

  • Twice-Exceptional Learners (2e)

    Twice-Exceptional (2e) Resources

    Spotlight on 2e Series (The 2e Resource)

    The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma (NEA)

    Supporting Twice Exceptional Students (NAGC)

    Twice-Exceptionality (NAGC White Paper)

  • New to LCPS

    Families New to LCPS

     

    If you are considering moving to or have just moved to Loudoun County and have questions about gifted services available in Loudoun County Public Schools, please read the information below.

     

    I just moved to Loudoun County, how can I learn about gifted education services available in LCPS?  You may start by reviewing the LCPS Gifted & Talented webpage. In addition, each school has a gifted education webpage. You may consider reading the gifted webpage of the school your child may or will attend. The elementary school webpages are titled SEARCH and the middle school webpages are listed as SPECTRUM. Each elementary and middle school has a gifted resource teacher. You may also contact this teacher by phone or email to ask any questions that you have about the gifted program.

  • Governor's School - SY22

    2022 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools

    Are you currently a high school sophomore or junior? If so, you should consider applying to the 2022 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools.

    The Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools are approximately four weeks long and are held each summer on various college and university campuses throughout Virginia.  The Governor’s Schools offer students a unique opportunity to work and study not only with other students with similar talents and interests but also with mentors, professors, scientists, and other professionals in their field of interest.

    The following Summer Residential Governor’s Schools will be offered in 2022:

    • Agriculture
    • Humanities
    • Math, Science, and Technology
    • Visual and Performing Arts

    And Mentorships in:

    • Marine Science
    • Medicine and Health Sciences
    • Engineering

    LCPS students must apply through their home high schools.  Students may apply to only one Governor’s School.  School divisions select the students they nominate for the state-level application process.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply (Spanish)

    Informational Handout

    Informational Handout (Spanish)

     

    VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS:

    LCPS students interested in the 2022 Visual and Performing Arts Governor’s School must participate in our local preliminary audition for selection to attend the state-level audition. The 2022 LCPS Preliminary Audition will be VIRTUAL.

    • The deadline to register for the VIRTUAL Preliminary Audition is October 22, 2021. Please complete the Registration Form found here:

    2022 LCPS Audition Registration Form

    • Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to our VPA Governor’s School Schoology course. All the information you need to audition is in the course.

    • You do not need to complete an application before the LCPS Preliminary Audition, but you must register!

    • LCPS Preliminary Audition Requirements are found here: 

    Dance Audition Requirements (Spanish)

    Visual Art Audition Requirements

    Instrumental Music Audition Requirements (Spanish)

    Vocal Music Audition Requirements (Spanish)

    Theatre Audition Requirements (Spanish)

    • Please read them carefully as you prepare for your audition.

    • The deadline to submit audition videos is October 30, 2021.

    • If you are selected for the state auditions you will need to apply for the Visual and Performing Arts Governor’s School. If you are not selected for the state auditions, you may apply to a different Governor’s School.

     

    All Applicants:

    The Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School website should update on October 4, 2021.  Do not begin the application process until the 2022 applications appear on the website.

    Link to Website:

    https://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml

     

     

  • Resources - Parents

    General Information
    What Is Gifted? (NAGC) 
    Common Myths (NAGC) 

     

    Resources

    National Association for Gifted Children
    Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
    Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

    Loudoun County Parents of Gifted Students (LoCoPOGS)

     

    Parent Resources

    Advanced Placement

  • Resources - Teachers

    Teacher Resources
     
     
     
     
     

  • Re-Entry and Withdrawal Forms

    Click here for the Gifted Education Withdrawal Form in English.   
    Click here for the Gifted Education Withdrawal From in Spanish.
     
    If a child is withdrawn, s/he may not re-enter the program in the same school year.  The child may re-enter the following school year.
     
    If you wish for your child to re-enter the program once s/he has withdrawn, you must fill out a re-entry form and submit it to the Supervisor of Gifted Education.
     
    Click here for the Gifted Education Re-entry Form in English. 
    Click here for the Gifted Education Re-entry Form in Spanish

  • Gifted Education - Add-On Endorsement

    If you are interested in acquiring an add-on endorsement in gifted education, please note that the Virginia Department of Education requirements changed as of August 23, 2018.
     
    Please click on the following link to learn more about the Gifted Education Add-On Endorsement.
     
    You are encouraged to contact the LCPS Licensure Office at 571-252-1100 with questions about the state endorsement. 

Last Modified on November 5, 2021