Arlington Public Schools Local Advisory Committee for Gifted Education
The Gifted Services Advisory Committee meets monthly during the school year, advises School Board of needs of gifted students in Arlington Public Schools, and annually reviews the Gifted Plan. This committee makes recommendations to the School Board every two years.
Information about how to join the GSAC
Meeting Dates for 2012-2013
September 19, 2012
October 29, 2012
November 26, 2012
December 10, 2012
January 14, 2013
February 25, 2013 - Room 103 (New Syphax Building, 2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA)
April 8, 2013 - Room 103 (Westover Library)
May 6, 2013 - Room 103 (Syphax)
Gifted Services Program Evaluation
Policy directives established for Arlington Public Schools require systematic evaluation of personnel, schools, and programs to encourage continuous improvement. All instructional program areas within the Department of Instruction conduct a districtwide program evaluation on a 6-year cycle.
The Gifted Services Office initiated the design of its program evaluation in the 2005-2006 school year. The results of the two-year evaluation process was presented to the APS School Board on November 13, 2008.
Gifted Services Parent Resource Materials:
The APS Gifted Services Office provides a mini-library of resources to the families of identified gifted students through the Parent Resource Center
(PRC). The PRC is located at the Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Suite 158, Arlington, VA 22204. Please call before visiting the Center as hours fluctuate, 703-228-7239.
Parenting Gifted Children
Ways to support gifted instruction at home
Definitions (PDF) related to differentiated instruction and strategies for instructing gifted students
This web site contains FAQs about Gifted Education, links to the state regulations and state and national organizations related to Gifted Education. Other documents available on this page include: Understanding the Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students and the Reference Guide for the Development and Review of the Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted and Supporting the Identification and Achievement of Twice-Exceptional Students.
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), http://www.nagc.org
NAGC is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community members who unite to address the unique needs of gifted children and youth. NAGC publishes a quarterly journal, a parenting magazine, and holds an annual conference.
National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) http://nsgt.org/
The National Society for the Gifted & Talented™ (NSGT) is a non-for-profit foundation created to honor and encourage gifted and talented children and youth.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), http://www.cec.sped.org
CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities. CEC includes a TAG (Talented and Gifted) division.
Davidson Institute http://www.davidsongifted.org/youngscholars/Article/Davidson_Young_Scholars___Guidebooks_375.aspx
Formed in 1999, the Davidson Institute is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation funded by Bob and Jan Davidson to recognize, nurture and support profoundly gifted students and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents. A variety of free brochures that can guide parents in the support of their children. The Foundation also provides a variety of scholarship opportunities.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation www.jkcf.org
The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships are designed to encourage and support outstanding students from 7th grade through graduate school who have a breadth of interests, work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need.
Emerging Scholars Program www.emergingscholarsprogram.org
The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) is designed to encourage and support outstanding students with financial need in grades four through six. ESP was established in late 2002 by a consortium of seven independent schools serving the Washington, DC area.
Emerging Scholars Program Graduates undergo 14 months of rigorous academic and leadership training. Graduates have been accepted into grade six at independent schools where they will receive need-based financial aid or graduates go on to greater success at their home public schools.
Focusing on the Future: A Career and Academic Planning Experience for High-Ability Students in Grades 6-12 and their Parents
An annual add-day career and academic planning event sponsored annually in January by The Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and held in Williamsburg, VA. Check the Gifted Center's web site at
Virginia Gifted Education and Governor's Schools
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/gifted_ed/index.shtml Offers a variety of information from the Virginia Department of Education Web site. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides services to identified students, kindergarten through grade 12.
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page http://www.hoagiesgifted.org
This Web site is an "all-things-gifted" resource for parents, educators, and gifted teens.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) http://www.sengifted.org
SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children understand and accept themselves and brings attention to the unique emotional needs of gifted children.
Early Entrance College Programs in the USA http://www.earlyentrance.org/Home
Early entrance programs, often referred to as radical acceleration, provide an opportunity for groups of students who have yet to complete high school to become a part of a supportive peer environment within a collegiate setting. Various college early entrance programs allow these students to work toward either a full college degree or a high school diploma plus transferable college credit. PEG, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, http://www.mbc.edu/peg/ offers an opportunity for bright and accomplished young women to complete college during their high school years.
P.R.I.M.E.(Professional Related Intern/Mentorship Experience) http://www.apsva.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=8784
PRIME, an internship program for gifted juniors and seniors, is designed to provide high schools students with an opportunity to be placed as unpaid interns in professional organizations that are related to their fields of interest. Students will be assigned to a mentor. This allows them to gain first-hand knowledge and skills required in the professional world. Students will function in leadership and decision-making processes. By working closely with the mentor, students will become familiar with the realities of the world of work, as well as the necessary traits for the career area. at the Career Center at 703-228-5730. Please email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program may be taken either during the school year or summer months. Interns earn ½ credit for 70 contact hours and 1 credit for 140 hours. Pass/Fail grades are given. Students and mentors negotiate details of the internship. Interns must be sixteen years of age and able to provide their own transportation. Public transportation is not always available to work sites. The application deadline for this program is December 17.
Interested applicants should contact their gifted teacher, guidance counselor or PRIME coordinator Nancy Opsut.
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