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Gifted Application Process/Timelines

Old Donation School, Gifted Dance Education and Gifted Visual Arts

Admission to Virginia Beach City Public Schoolsí (VBCPS) Old Donation School, Gifted Dance Education Program or Gifted Visual Arts Program is determined through an application process. Application materials are reviewed by a selection committee and notification of decisions are sent to applicants in accordance with the timelines for each school/program.

Students currently enrolled in VBCPS must submit applications online through the school divisionís Gifted Management Application System using their student ID number and login credentials. Students not currently enrolled in VBCPS will download the non-VBCPS student application and submit a hard copy to their guidance counselors with time for completion of required teacher information forms by the application deadline.

Links to applications and timelines as well as more information about each school/program are provided below.

If you have questions about Old Donation School, the Gifted Dance Education Program or the Gifted Visual Arts Program, please email Dr. Kelly A. Hedrick, Old Donation School Principal, at kelly.hedrick@vbschools.com or call 757.648.3267. For technical assistance with the online application, VBCPS students should contact the Technology Support Technician (TST) at their schools.

Old Donation School

Old Donation School is a centralized, full-time, gifted school for intellectually gifted students in grades 2-8. Admission requires that students meet the criteria for gifted identification in VBCPS. Identified gifted students are referred to the selection committee for review. The curriculum includes all school district learning objectives, the Virginia Standards of Learning, expanding and extending the curriculum specifically to meet the needs of the gifted learner.

The application for students currently enrolled in grades 1-7 will be available beginning Sept. 5, 2017. The application deadline for students in grades 2-7 is Feb. 1, 2018 at 4 p.m. The application deadline for students in grade 1 is March 1, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Old Donation School application for VBCPS students (grades 1-7) Old Donation School application for non-VBCPS students (available Sept. 5)

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September 5, 2017 Application available for students in grades 1-7
Mid-September Program information is distributed to all students in grades 1-7 by Gifted Education Testing Office
November 20, 2017 Parent Information Night for students in grades 5-7 attending middle schools A-N. Tours at 5:15 p.m. and presentation at 6 p.m. at Old Donation School
November 21, 2017 Parent Information Night for students in grades 5-7 attending middle schools O-W. Tours at 5:15 p.m. and presentation at 6 p.m. at Old Donation School
January 9, 2018 Parent Information Night for elementary school students currently in grades 1-4. Tours at 5:15 p.m. and presentation at 6:00 p.m. at Old Donation School
February 1, 2018 DEADLINE: Old Donation School Full-time Intellectual Program applications due by 4 p.m. for students currently in grades 2-7 (Late applications not accepted)
February 9, 2018 Testing of all Old Donation School applicants in grades 2-7 not currently enrolled in VBCPS; Laskin Road Annex at 9 a.m.
March 1, 2018 DEADLINE: Old Donation School Full-time Intellectual Program applications due by 4 p.m. for students currently in grade 1 (Late applications not accepted)
March 13-14, 2018 Gifted Identification and Placement Committee meetings for grades 2-7
March 20, 2018 Old Donation School Selection Committee meets to review applicants for placement in grades 6-8 for the 2018-2019 school year
March 23, 2018 Decision letters for grades 6-8 emailed to parents/guardians
March 30. 2018 Deadline to appeal Gifted Identification and Placement Committee decisions of applicants not currently identified for gifted services in grades 2-7. Due by 4 p.m.
April 9, 2018 Letters of Intent for grades 6-8 due to Old Donation School
April 11, 2018 Old Donation School Selection Committee meets to review applicants for placement in grades 3-5 for the 2018-2019 school year
April 13, 2018 Deadline to appeal Old Donation School Selection Committee decisions for grades 6-8. Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Kelly A. Hedrick, Principal, at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road.
April 13, 2018 Testing of all grade 1 applicants not currently enrolled in VBCPS; Laskin Road Annex at 9 a.m.
April 17, 2018 Old Donation School decision letters for grades 3-5 emailed to parents/guardians
April 24, 2018 Old Donation School appeal decision letters for grades 6-8 emailed to parents/guardians
April 30-May 1, 2018 Gifted Identification and Placement Committee meetings for grade 1
May 1, 2018 Deadline to appeal Old Donation School Selection Committee decisions for grades 3-5. Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Kelly A. Hedrick, Principal, at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road.
May 3, 2018 Old Donation School Selection Committee meets to review grade 1 applicants for placement in grade 2 for the 2018-2019 school year.
May 8, 2018 Deadline for Old Donation School second-level appeals for grades 6-8. Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Veleka Gatling, Executive Director for the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, in the School Administration Building, 2512 George Mason Drive.
May 9, 2018 Old Donation School decision letters for grade 2 emailed to parents/guardians
May 10, 2018 Old Donation School appeal decision letters for grades 3-5 emailed to parents/guardians
May 21, 2018 Letters of Intent for grade 2 due to Old Donation School
May 23, 2018 Deadline to appeal Old Donation School Selection Committee decisions for grade 2. Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Kelly A. Hedrick, Principal, at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road.
May 24, 2018 Deadline for Old Donation School second-level appeals for grades 3-5. Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Veleka Gatling, Executive Director for the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, in the School Administration Building, 2512 George Mason Drive.
May 31, 2018 Old Donation School appeal decision letters for grade 2 emailed to parents/guardians
June 7, 2018 Open House for Selected Students, grades 2-5 at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road, 4-5 p.m.
June 14, 2018 Deadline for Old Donation School second-level appeals for grade 2. Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Veleka Gatling, Executive Director for the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, in the School Administration Building, 2512 George Mason Drive.
Sept 4, 2018 Old Donation School applicant pool is dissolved on first day of school. Students may reapply for consideration for placement during the 2019-2020 school year.


Gifted Dance Education Program

The Gifted Dance Education Program is a one day a week pull-out model for identified students entering grades 3-8 and is housed at Old Donation School. Admission into the program is determined through an application and audition process. Criteria considered by the Identification Committee are based on strong potential in dance as demonstrated during the one day assessment to include rhythmic ability, movement qualities, sequencing, developmental movement patterns and creativity. Gifted dance students are presented a comprehensive curriculum which emphasizes the areas of concepts, skill development, dance history and appreciation, and creativity. Students must be enrolled in VBCPS to participate in the program.

Students currently enrolled in VBCPS must submit applications online through the school divisionís Gifted Management Application System using their student ID number and login credentials. Students not currently enrolled in VBCPS will download the non-VBCPS student application and submit a completed application to Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Applications will be available beginning Sept. 5, 2017, and must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2018 at 4 p.m. Late, incomplete or faxed applications will not be processed.

Gifted Dance Education Program application for VBCPS students

Gifted Dance Education Program application for non-VBCPS students (available Sept. 5)

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September 5, 2017 Application available for students in grades 2-7
December 5, 2017 Old Donation School Gifted Dance Education Citywide Parent Information Night at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road. Tours at 5:15 p.m.; presentation from 6-7 p.m.
February 1, 2018 DEADLINE: Gifted Dance Education applications due by 4 p.m. (Late applications not accepted)
April 30-May 10, 2018 Gifted Dance Education Full Day Assessment at Old Donation School
May 11, 2018 Gifted Dance Education Identification/Selection Committee meeting
May 16, 2018 Gifted Dance Education Identification/Selection Committee decision letters emailed to parents/guardians
May 29, 2018 Letters of Intent due to Old Donation School
May 30, 2018 Deadline to appeal Gifted Dance Education Identification/Selection Committee decisions. Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Kelly A. Hedrick at Old Donation School; 4633 Honeygrove Road.
June 6, 2018 Gifted Dance Education Appeals Identification/Selection Committee decision letters emailed to parents/guardians.
June 30, 2018 Deadline for Gifted Dance Education second-level appeals. Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Veleka Gatling, Executive Director for the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, in the School Administration Building at 2512 George Mason Drive.


Gifted Visual Arts Program

The Gifted Visual Arts Program serves elementary and middle school students entering grades 3-8. Admission to the program is determined through an application and portfolio screening. Considered students will attend a full day assessment. The elementary program is a one day a week pull-out model for identified students entering grades 3-5 and is housed at Old Donation School. The middle school program for identified students entering grades 6-8 is housed at Virginia Beach Middle School (VBMS). Students attend VBMS full time with the Gifted Visual Arts instruction integrated into their regular middle school schedule. The gifted art curriculum integrates art history criticism, aesthetic perception, creativity, theory, and skill development as well components from the core curriculum of knowledge. Students must be enrolled in VBCPS to participate in the program.

Students currently enrolled in VBCPS must submit applications online through the school divisionís Gifted Management Application System using their student ID number and login credentials. Students not currently enrolled in VBCPS will download the non-VBCPS student application and submit a completed application to Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Applications will be available beginning Sept. 5, 2017, and must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2018 at 4 p.m. Late, incomplete or faxed applications will not be processed.

Gifted Visual Arts Program application for VBCPS students Gifted Visual Arts Program application for non-VBCPS students
(available Sept. 5)

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September 5, 2017 Application available for students in grades 2-7
December 6, 2017 Old Donation School Gifted Visual Arts Citywide Parent Information Night for students currently in grades 5-7, 5-5:30 p.m. at Virginia Beach Middle School, 600 25th Street
December 7, 2017 Old Donation School Gifted Visual Arts Citywide Parent Information Night for students currently in grades 2-4. Tours at 5:15 p.m. and presentation at 6 p.m. at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road
February 1, 2018 DEADLINE: Gifted Visual Arts applications due by 4 p.m. (Late applications not accepted)
February 12-16, 2018 Gifted Visual Arts Portfolio Review (Round 1)
February 22, 2018 Gifted Visual Arts Portfolio Appeals Committee decision letters emailed to parents/guardians (Round 1)
March 8, 2018 Deadline to appeal Gifted Visual Arts Portfolio decisions (Round 1). Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Kelly A. Hedrick, Principal, at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road.
March 13, 2018 Gifted Visual Arts Portfolio Appeals Committee decision letters emailed to parents/guardians (Round 2)
March 27, 2018 Deadline for Gifted Visual Arts Portfolio second-level appeals (Round 1). Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Veleka Gatling, Executive Director for the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, in the School Administration Building at 2512 George Mason Drive.
March 29, 2018 Gifted Visual Arts Portfolio Second-Level Appeals Committee meeting (Round 1)
April 9-17, 2018 Gifted Visual Arts Full Day Assessment at Old Donation School
April 18, 2018 Gifted Visual Arts Identification/Selection Committee meeting (Round 2)
April 23, 2018 Gifted Visual Arts Identification/Selection Committee decision letters emailed to parents/guardians (Round 2)
May 4, 2018 Letters of Intent due to Old Donation School
May 7, 2018 Deadline to appeal Gifted Visual Arts Identification/Selection Committee decisions (Round 2). Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Kelly A. Hedrick, Principal, at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road.
May 14, 2018 Gifted Visual Arts Identification/Selection Appeals Committee decision letters emailed to parents/guardians (Round 2)
May 30, 2018 Deadline for Gifted Visual Arts 2nd Level Identification/Selection Appeals (Round 2). Due by 4 p.m. to Dr. Veleka Gatling, Executive Director for the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, in the School Administration Building at 2512 George Mason Drive.

Last Modified on Wednesday, August 16, 2017