Gifted services are available in Virginia Beach City Public Schools at all levels through both site-based and city-wide programs.
A teacher, a parent/guardian, a peer, the student support team, the student, or any person who has knowledge of the studentís abilities may initiate a referral for gifted services. Referral forms are available in all schools from the gifted resource teacher and the guidance department and may be submitted at any time during the academic year at the individual school. A Parent Information Referral Form is also available. Referrals are reviewed periodically throughout the year.
In addition, the division screens all first and fifth graders to ensure consideration for gifted services. Parents or guardians will be notified by mail of the screening results.
Student eligibility for citywide gifted services is determined through the use of multiple criteria. Students must demonstrate potential for exceptional performance and academic needs that cannot be met through general education curriculum. VBCPS identifies students in the areas of:
- General Intellectual Aptitude (advanced aptitudes demonstrated by skills and creative expression in general intellectual ability); and
- Visual and Performing Arts Aptitude (specific aptitudes in selected visual or performing arts demonstrated by skills and creative expression and excelling consistently in the development of a product or performance in any of the visual and/or performing arts).
Screening and Placement
Once a student has been tested, data is compiled and forwarded to an identification and placement committee that determines eligibility for gifted services. Criteria for selection include a combination of:
- Academic achievement
- Achievement test scores
- Teacher recommendations
- Parent checklist of behaviors
- Ability test scores
- Audition or portfolio (visual and performing arts programs)
Parents or guardians are notified of the committee's decision by letter.
Change in Program Placement
Parents/guardians, teachers, or counselors may initiate the process for the consideration of a change in program placement. The evaluation committee considers the criteria previously used for program placement and any additional information that may be available such as performance in gifted program activities and classes. After the committee reviews all information it will recommend continued placement, change in placement or exit from the program.
The committee chair notifies parents or guardians at the initiation of the reevaluation process and of the committee's decision.
Kelly A. Hedrick
Director, Office of Gifted Education and Curriculum Development