EDGE Family Academy Supports Families of Students with Gifted Potential

LCPS hosts five in-person Family Academy meetings and four virtual Family Academy meetings as a part of the Empowering Diversity in Gifted Education (EDGE), a
program funded by a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant, as secured by the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF). The EDGE program is designed to nurture and challenge students with gifted potential from historically underrepresented populations and provides additional academic challenges for students designed to develop their individual potential. EDGE Family Academy meetings offer parents opportunities to engage with staff, and one another, while deepening their knowledge and understanding about how to support their high-potential child on an advanced academic pathway. 


The meetings help parents learn appropriate strategies that nurture the advanced academic potential of students, as well as gain an understanding of their children's unique learning needs. Parents learn how to partner with their children's school to support a healthy school climate, and practice academic support strategies that can help children learn at home.


Recently, EDGE hosted a Family Academy meeting focused on mathematics. The evening brought together staff, students, family members, and community partnersto make math accessible to everyone. Parents engaged in mathematical thinking using strategies, games, and activities they can use at home to support their children. 

While the adults were meeting, their children participated in STEM and critical thinking activities. 


Aligned with strategic action 4.1 of the ONE LCPS Strategic Plan, the Family Academy meetings model the importance of relationships, inclusive opportunities for

the community conversation and listening structures that lift the voice of the community.

Visit the EDGE website for more information about the program and future Family Academy meetings.

Published January 31, 2023