NOTIFICATIONS - Important Info/Announcements
WelcomeWelcome 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.*****
Alert: Parents of 2nd Grade Students
You received your child's CogAT scores.
Click Below for Answers toReferral Form (English)Referral Form (Spanish)
SEARCH (Grades K-4)
SEARCH teachers provide model lessons in thinking skills to students in grades K-4. Classroom teachers work with the SEARCH teacher to screen students for referral and identification 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.
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:
EDGE - Empowering Diversity in Gifted Education (Grades K-5)The EDGE program is designed to nurture and challenge students with gifted potential from historically underrepresented populations. The program provides additional academic challenges for students designed to develop students' individual potential. Grade-level teachers and gifted resource teachers work together to find and nurture gifted potential in young learners and prepare them for more challenging and rigorous academic pathways.
For more information about EDGE, contact the SEARCH teacher at your child's school.For parents and family members who want to know more about giftedness and gifted education, please click the following links:Helping Your Gifted Child Succeed (Spanish)
- To develop high-level reasoning skills in students by providing additional academic challenges.
- To provide students with opportunities to enhance behaviors associated with high achievement such as developing independence and demonstrating respect for one's self and others.
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.
Governor's SchoolVIRGINIA SUMMER RESIDENTIAL GOVERNOR'S SCHOOLSThe 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 2019:And mentorships in: Information on the 2020 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools will be posted in the fall. An information session for parents and students will also be scheduled for the fall. See below for last year's information session presentation.
Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted
Advisory Committee for Gifted Education
Advisory Committee for Gifted Education
Loudoun County sponsors an Advisory Committee for Gifted Education. This committee serves as a support group to review and make suggestions about gifted programs and to promote community awareness of gifted education. School personnel, community members, and parents serve on the committee. Every effort is made to have a broad-based group of committee members from all high school attendance areas.Thursday, May 9, 20197:00 pm - 8:30 pmLCPS Administration Building, Rooms 102 A/BTopic: Working SessionHand-Outs (Coming Soon)Thursday, March 7, 20197:00 pm - 8:30 pmLCPS Administration Building, Room 100 BTopic: Supporting Twice Exceptional LearnersPresentation Hand-Outs:Related Reading:Twice Exceptional Students (Montgomery County Public Schools)Sub-Committee Sign-Up - Click this link to sign-up to serve on one of the sub-committees.May 16, 2017
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 review the main LCPS Gifted & Talented webpage and read the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions 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 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.
Each year, the Department of Gifted Education hosts Gifted Information Night sessions in September/October and January/February at schools around the division. Parents who are interested in referring their child for gifted services are strongly encouraged to attend one of the sessions. The session locations and dates are posted on the LCPS Gifted & Talented webpage.
My child was found eligible for gifted services in another school district. Will my child automatically be found eligible for gifted services in LCPS? If your child is new to LCPS, he/she will need to be evaluated for gifted services regardless of gifted status in a previous school district. Once you have moved to Loudoun County and your child is enrolled in and attending a school in Loudoun County, you may refer your child to be evaluated for gifted services. Please contact the gifted education resource teacher at your child's school to learn about the gifted evaluation process and referral deadlines. Although there is no reciprocity with other school districts' gifted programs, the gifted education resource teacher will review your child's documentation from the previous school district (e.g., standardized test scores) during the eligibility process to see if existing testing can be used from the previous school district.
ResourcesGeneral InformationWhat Is Gifted? (NAGC)Resources Parent Resources
AppealsIt is extremely important that parents/guardians speak with the SEARCH teacher (elementary) or SPECTRUM teacher (middle school) at your child's school prior to appealing an ineligibility decision. The SEARCH or SPECTRUM teacher can provide vital information that will guide parents/guardians through the appeal process.If you plan to appeal an ineligibility decision, please follow these steps:1. Set up an appointment to meet with the SEARCH (elementary) or SPECTRUM (middle school) teacher at your child's school.2. Mail an appeal request form to the Supervisor of Gifted Education within 10 days of receiving the ineligibility decision letter. Click below to access the form. (You may mail the form before your scheduled meeting with the SEARCH/SPECTRUM teacher.) APPEAL REQUEST FORM3. Begin collecting the necessary documents to include in the appeal package. Once the appeal request form is processed by the Gifted Education Office, you will receive a letter stating when these documents will need to be mailed to the Gifted Education Office.
Re-Entry and Withdrawal FormsClick 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 Information Nights
Gifted information sessions will be held this month to share information about the gifted services provided in Loudoun County Public Schools. Parents and guardians who are thinking about referring their children for evaluation for gifted services are highly encouraged to attend one of the sessions. Important information will be shared about the eligibility process.Elementary Gifted Information Sessions
Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology
For information on admission to TJHSST please use the website: www.tjadmissions.org.Information about transportation for students attending Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology can be found on ParentVUE.
Transportation will be provided for the 2019-2020 school year and will not be provided beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Changes in transportation are subject to School Board approval.
FUTURA Welcome PageThank you for visiting the FUTURA welcome webpage. This webpage was designed to provide information for the parents of students who have been found eligible for the FUTURA program. We hope you find the information helpful as your support your child in the gifted program.Message #2 - August, 2019Message #1 - May, 2019