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Della Gordon
IB MYP Coordinator
Gifted Education Resource Teacher

gordondk@pwcs.edu

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Gifted Education Mission Statement

In Prince William County Public Schools, our vision centers on the concept that “all students will learn to their fullest potential.” Our School Division philosophy of gifted education reflects this vision. Gifted education services are designed to foster the academic development of advanced learners. 

At Gar-Field High School, we are committed to offering the best in differentiated services for our gifted students. Our mission is to provide relevant quality educational opportunities for all students to develop the skills necessary to reach their maximum potential as responsible, productive citizens, and life-long learners. We realize gifted students have exceptional educational needs which must be met in order for them to reach their full potential, both intellectually and emotionally. In order to fulfill these educational needs, gifted education services at Gar-Field High School are offered in the form of:

Advanced courses (Adv MYP, AP, and IB courses)

At least 18 hours of direct gifted resource services each year

Seminars--open-ended, interdisciplinary discussions emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, communication and metacognitive skills. A minimum of eight seminars per year (9th-11th grades) are offered through core subject-area classes to all gifted and IB students, with cooperation of classroom teachers. These seminars are designed to 1) provide gifted students with opportunities to interact with like-minded peers in Socratic seminar setting, 2) remove the barrier of gifted students having to choose between attending seminars and staying in class to avoid missing out on instruction and assignments in their advanced classes, 3) extend and enrich the IB curriculum, and 4) prepare 9th-11th grade students for IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK) in senior year.  S

Yearly Differentiated Services Plan developed collaboratively by the student and the resource teacher

Guidance and support for student to apply for the Residential Governor’s Schools and the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park

IB TOK course offered for gifted seniors seeking IB Diploma 

Series of senior seminars offered for gifted seniors not taking IB TOK 


Enrichment opportunities such as field trips and service learning
 


Gifted Identification

With the closure of Prince William County Schools due to COVID-19, the timeline for gifted identification has been affected. The division-level Gifted Identification/Placement Committees will meet to review cases and make decisions regarding eligibility as soon as possible when PWCS safely reopens. Testing for possible identification will resume once face to face instruction resumes. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Della Gordon, the Gar-Field High School Gifted Resource Teacher. (9/30/2020)

If you are interested in referring a student for gifted services, you may obtain a referral form (PDF) (referral form - Spanish (PDF) or from Ms. Gordon. 

After receiving your referral, the gifted resource teacher will send home permission for evaluation and a parent report (Parent Report English PDF) (Parent Report - Spanish PDF). You may request an electronic version of the parent report from the gifted resource teacher. The identification process will begin when you return the completed forms.


For further information about the Gifted Identification Process, please  click on the link for the
 Prince William County Schools Identification Process 
web page.


Continuity of Instruction

To support gifted learners during this period of physical school closure, we are providing gifted services through CANVAS that includes online Modules, enrichment resources, and Zoom synchronous meetings.  Participating students should receive notification through the CANVAS platform.  

Summer Residential Governor's School

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted 10th and 11th grade students with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.

Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.

Academic Programs

Information Meeting October 22, 2020 at 7 PM
Contact Ms. Gordon at gordondk@pwcs.edu for the Zoom link


The SRGS Academic programs provide intellectually challenging and enriching experiences within a community of mutual support, respect, and dedication for a limited number of academically/intellectually gifted high school students. Each college-based program provides a curriculum that integrates subject matter from various disciplines around its overall program theme. Each mentorship program provides challenging work experiences relevant to the mentorship site. 


Agriculture (100 students) Virginia Tech(agribusiness, biotechnology, environmental science & its implications, international trade, resource management)        

Humanities (150 students) Radford University (anthropology, economics, history, literature, media, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology)         

Medicine and Health Science (30 students) Virginia Commonwealth University (biology, chemistry, computer science applications, environmental science, forensics, medicine, physics)         

Math, Science & Technology (160 students) University of Lynchburg (anatomy & physiology, astronomy, computer programming, geology, hydrology, hypermedia, physics, upper level mathematics)   
 
Engineering (12 students) Jefferson Accelerator Facility (aeronautical engineering, computer science—advanced, electrical engineering, material science, mechanical engineering)          

VIMS/Virginia Institute of Marine Science (6 students) Christopher Newport University (coastal law, fisheries, marine resources management, wetlands ecology) 

Visual and Performing Arts Program

Sign up to reserve audition time by October 23, 2020
Auditions November 2, 2020
Contact Ms. Gordon at gordondk@pwcs.edu for the link.


The (SRGS) for Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) provides artistically challenging and intellectually enriching experiences. This learning occurs within a community of mutual support, respect, and dedication. The VPA program focuses on process, not upon finished works of art. The program exposes students to a wide variety of experiences in an art form and offers participants opportunities to explore numerous aspects of variety of art forms. Students spend the month interacting with outstanding arts professionals from throughout the country.  


Visual and Performing Arts   Radford University

Instrumental Music     (55-55 students)

Vocal Music                     (25-30 students)

Visual Art                          (40-45 students)

Dance                                  (20-26 students)

Theater                             (40-45 students)


Visit the Prince William County Public Schools Gifted Education Summer Residential Governor's School web page and the Virginia Department of Education Summer Regional Governor's School web page for more information.

Contact Ms. Gordon at gordondk@pwcs.edu to apply and to be added to the SRGS group in Canvas.

 

Gifted Identification Update

With the closure of Prince William County Schools due to COVID-19, the timeline for gifted identification has been affected. The division-level Gifted Identification/Placement Committees will meet to review cases and make decisions regarding eligibility as soon as possible when PWCS reopens. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the gifted resource teacher at your child's school.

Gifted Identification Update

With the closure of Prince William County Schools due to COVID-19, the timeline for gifted identification has been affected. The division-level Gifted Identification/Placement Committees will meet to review cases and make decisions regarding eligibility as soon as possible when PWCS reopens. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the gifted resource teacher at your child's school.