As part of the vision and mission of Chesterfield County Public Schools, the Gifted Education Program recognizes and identifies diverse gifted learners and provides a comprehensive program that
- provides an appropriately differentiated instructional program responsive to student ability and learning needs
- assists students in achieving maximum use of potential to achieve personal success
- provides a continuum of program service options
- addresses the social and emotional needs of diverse gifted students
- supports an educational environment that challenges gifted learners and enables students to perform at levels of excellence
- facilitates the development of self-directed learners
In accordance with the guidelines established by the Virginia Department of Education, exemplary program standards for gifted learners will be achieved through the collaborative efforts of the school division, students, parents and community.
Student Identification and Placement
Identification and placement of gifted students begins with a student being nominated to the Gifted Education Identification and Placement Committee at the student’s school. Students may be nominated by a parent, guardian, staff member, community member or student. Nomination forms are available at all schools. Each year, nomination deadlines are
- Oct. 15 for students in grade 5
- Jan. 15 for students in grades 6-12 and students in grades 2-4
- March 15 for students in grades K-1
A student profile is compiled for each student recommended for assesment. Data may include student products, observations of in-class behaviors, student interview, rating scales, aptitude measure, achievement measures and grades.
Definition of a Gifted Learner
Gifted learners are “children or youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience or environment,” according to the U.S. Department of Education in 1993.
Chesterfield County Public Schools provides a continuum of services in specific areas of aptitude for gifted students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Students in grades K-2, who are eligible for services in English and/or mathematics, receive in-class differentiation in the area(s) identified. An instructional consultant provides resource materials and collaborative services to the classroom teacher to enhance student learning.
In grades 3-5, gifted students are identified in the areas of English and/or mathematics. The option for school-based or center-based placement is determined by an assessment of the student’s needs as demonstrated on the Student Profile. Gifted students in the school-based program are cluster grouped and receive in-class differentiation in the area(s) identified. The center-based program provides comprehensive services for students who demonstrate exceptional ability and performance.
Gifted students in grades 6-8 are identified in the areas of English, mathematics, science, and/or history and social studies. The option for school-based or center-based placement is determined by an assessment of the student’s needs as demonstrated on the Student Profile. School-based programs provide curriculum differentiation to cluster groups of students within the Honors program in each identified area. The center-based program provides comprehensive services for students who demonstrate exceptional ability and performance in multiple academic areas.
The high school Honors program in English, mathematics, science, and history/social sciences provides rigorous curriculum experiences for gifted students in grades 9-12. Additional offerings include Advanced Placement courses and dual enrollment opportunities. Regional programs and specialty centers provide comprehensive services for students with high ability and interest in specific areas.
Gifted Education Advisory Committee
The Gifted Education Advisory Committee is composed of 21 members approved by the Chesterfield County School Board. Selection of members is based on a balanced representation of parents, professional staff members and community members from each magisterial district. The purpose of the committee is to advise the School Board, through the superintendent, of the educational needs of all gifted students in the division. The committee prepares and submits a written report annually, which includes reviews of plan implementation and makes suggestions for program improvement.
Gifted Education Department
Instruction Division Center
600 Southlake Blvd., Suite 800
Richmond, VA 23236