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Instructional objectives of the Gifted Program

Our goals are to develop skills in critical thinkingcreative thinkingconceptual thinkingcommunication and collaboration in order to encourage and enable students to become self-directed learners


Referring a Student for Gifted Evaluation
In Prince William County Elementary Schools, students are found eligible for gifted services in Specific Intellectual Aptitude (Language Arts or Mathematics). The Identification and Placement process in Prince William County uses multiple criteria. The identification process begins either through general screening procedures or through the referral of a student by a parent, teacher, school staff member, or a community member. Students may also refer themselves. Referral forms are located at the bottom of this page.  Referral forms may be obtained from the gifted education resource teacher as well.

A Division Identification and Placement meeting will be held within 90 school days from the date that written parent permission is received to determine eligibility. The criteria evaluated in gifted education identification process include the following:

  • Assessment of student products or portfolios classroom performance
  • Parent observations
  • Teacher evaluation and observations
  • Aptitude and achievement test scores

Because identification criteria and services vary greatly among localities, transfer students who have been receiving gifted education services in other school divisions do not automatically receive services in Prince William County. The Gifted Education Resource Teacher will review the student’s files, and Prince William County’s formal identification process will be initiated. In appropriate cases, data required for identification will be collected and combined with data from the student’s previous school. When enrolling, please notify the school of the student’s identification for services in another locality.