Military Family Gifted Services FAQs

We are moving into Virginia Beach. How will my child's previous identification as a gifted student be handled?
Each school division in Virginia establishes procedures for the identification of gifted students and for the delivery of services to those students, consistent with the

Students entering Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) who have been identified in another division/state should bring proof of that identification when registering. Placement in a cluster class or team (pending VBCPS gifted identification) ensures students receive gifted services per the Virginia Interstate Compact for Military Children.

SEC. 5.102 Educational program placement
The receiving state school shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs based on current educational assessments conducted at the school in the sending state or participation/placement in like programs in the sending state. Such programs include, but are not limited to: 1) gifted and talented programs; and 2) English as a second language (ESL). The receiving school may perform subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement and continued enrollment of the student in the course(s). The receiving school may allow the student to attend similar educational courses in other schools within the LEA if the receiving school does not offer such programs.

In order to have your child assessed, you will need to complete a gifted education online application The application will be available July 1 to May 1 of each school year. It would be helpful if the information from the previous school was included in the student's record. Your child's strengths and abilities will be assessed by the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Gifted Education Identification and Placement Committee, according to the division's approved procedures.

How are students identified for gifted services in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS)?
All information is reviewed by the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Gifted Identification and Placement Committee to determine identification for gifted services. Information considered by the committee includes:

  • Online application from parent/guardian
  • Teacher checklist of behavioral characteristics of the gifted indicating a need for gifted services
  • Achievement indicated by grades and classroom performance
  • Previous school and current information from ability tests
  • Information from achievement tests

How will Virginia Beach City Public Schools know what services my child has had in the past?
It is recommended that all previous gifted testing is sent from the previous school division with your child's record. We will review any testing completed in the previous school; however, the assessment specialists in the VBCPS gifted testing office facilitate all testing for gifted program identification and placement in the school division.

Why are identification procedures and services different from division to division?
Virginia law allows school divisions to establish gifted education policies and procedures according to the needs and interests of the local division. VBCPS has its own requirements for gifted programs. VBCPS provides gifted programs in General Intellect, Visual Arts and Dance.

Why don't gifted students have IEPs and other safeguards similar to special education students?
Federal law establishes policies and procedures for special education, but gifted education policies and procedures are established by state law. Gifted education in Virginia does not require Individual Education Plans (IEPs) as it is established by the state.

What services are available if my child is found eligible?
Gifted students in Virginia Beach City Public Schools are provided with instruction through a differentiated curriculum responsive to the educational needs of the child. Gifted students may choose to apply to a centrally located full-time gifted school, Old Donation School, or students may remain in the neighborhood school and receive services through the resource-cluster program. Both models provide opportunities for gifted students to benefit from learning challenges offered through the differentiation of curricula, the incorporation of strategies designed to raise the level of learning, and the availability of specialized programs.

What is the Resource – Cluster Model?
Gifted services are available to identified students in their neighborhood schools through the resource-cluster model. The resource cluster model available in each school provides the potential for gifted resource teachers and core area cluster teachers to develop exciting, differentiated curriculum through a collaborative team effort. This model promotes optimum understanding of the needs of gifted children for all school staff, without creating an isolated learning environment. Gifted students interact with their teachers and classmates in a heterogeneous grouping, while attaining benefits through the modification of content, process, product and learning environment

If my child is found eligible for gifted services, can he/she apply to Old Donation School?
Yes, if the student is found eligible for gifted services, he/she may be considered for placement at Old Donation School. All applications for grades 2-7 are due Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. All grade 1 applications are due by March 1 at 4 p.m. If the student is found not eligible, he/she will not be considered for Old Donation School. Old Donation School is a full-time school for identified intellectually gifted students in grades 2-8. Students must apply to Old Donation School and be accepted in order to attend.

I am enrolling my children in the neighborhood school, how do I get them tested for the Gifted Education Programs?
When you enroll your children in the neighborhood school, please let the administrator know that you are interested in applying for gifted services. The gifted application is online and once your child is assigned a login and password, you will be able to access and complete the application in the fall. When the application is completed, gifted assessment will take place the first semester of the school year at the neighborhood school. A gifted resource teacher is assigned to every school in the division and once enrolled, this teacher will serve as a resource for you regarding gifted instruction in the school as part of the cluster program.

My child is not currently enrolled in VBCPS, but we may be transferring to the area. I would like for my child to apply to Old Donation School, how do I proceed?
Applications will be available to students not currently enrolled in the school division in the fall as a fillable PDF form located on the gifted website, Applications for grades 2-7 are due Feb. 1, and applications for grade 1 are due March 1. Testing dates and locations for Non- VBCPS students will be posted on the timeline on the gifted website,

How are students selected for participation in Governor's Schools?

Who should I call if I have questions regarding the process?
If you have questions about the gifted program, please email Martha Palmer or call the Gifted Education Testing Office at 757.263.6870.

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