Gifted Education Mission Statement:
The mission of the York County School Division Gifted Program is to maximize the development of the intellectually gifted learner by providing an atmosphere that promotes intellectual challenge. The program is designed to foster self-directed, life-long learning by encouraging exploration, inquiry, in-depth study, and reflective thinking.
Division Statement of Philosophy for Gifted Education
The York County School Division is committed to a rigorous and innovative instructional program that fosters the highest level of excellence and recognizes the right of each student to receive intellectual challenge appropriate for his/her capabilities. The Division provides differentiated instructional services for intellectually gifted students from a variety of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. These programs, designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted learners from kindergarten through twelfth grade, allow students to develop more fully and appreciate their abilities and talents. In addition, these programs encourage students to make meaningful contributions to society.
Gifted Education Services
Gifted students are identified in the spring of the kindergarten year and throughout grades 1-2. Identified students may participate in the Primary Enrichment Program (PEP). Kindergarten PEP students attend special seminars each spring during the school day at the Division's gifted education center. First and second grade PEP students meet weekly at the EXTEND Center with the PEP teacher who provides enrichment opportunities for identified students.
Third through fifth grade students who are intellectually gifted travel from their home school one full day each week to attend the EXTEND program located at the EXTEND Center at Dare Elementary School. At the Center, students "extend" learning as they participate in interdisciplinary units of study and investigation activities which emphasize abstract thinking, research skills, and independent learning.
Students in sixth and seventh grade who have been identified as intellectually gifted meet weekly in their home schools for EXTEND classes with the gifted education teacher who travels to each middle school to provide enriched learning opportunities. Students are engaged in problem-based learning, activities designed to develop higher level thinking processes, and a variety of enrichment experiences that emphasize abstract thinking, research skills, and independent learning.
Eligible students in eighth through twelfth grade are encouraged to select from the available advanced secondary program options which include: The York County School Division Honors Program, Virtual Virginia online courses, the International Baccalaureate Programme, Advanced Placement courses, the School of the Arts, Summer Residential Governor's School, and New Horizons Governor's School for Science and Technology. In addition, concurrent dual enrollment in cooperation with local colleges, seminars, and enrichment activities are available to eligible students.
Gifted Education Curriculum
In the PEP and EXTEND programs, quarterly interdisciplinary units of study focus on critical thinking, intellectual discussion, creativity, research, problem-solving, and generation of original work. In addition, in order to meet the learning needs of intellectually gifted children, appropriate curriculum typically contains the following six features (Joyce Van Tassel Baska, 2013):
Referral/Identification of Students for Gifted Education Services
Students may be referred for consideration in gifted education programs by administrators, classroom and resource teachers, guidance counselors, and other professional staff members, as well as by parents, community members, peers, and students themselves. Each school has a Gifted Education School Contact who is responsible for providing and organizing the paperwork regarding gifted referrals and placements. The Gifted Education School Contact can be contacted to obtain the necessary paperwork to initiate a referral. The criteria indicated below are used to identify students for gifted education:
The Gifted Education Plan 2012-17
In compliance with regulations from the Virginia Department of Education, the York County School Division's Gifted Education Plan 2012-17 serves as the blueprint for gifted education services. On May 21, 2012 the York County School Board approved the 2012-2017 Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted which describes services available to identified gifted students in grades K-12.
The Gifted Education Advisory Committee (GEAC)
The Gifted Education Advisory Committee (GEAC) is comprised of elementary, middle, and high school parents; community representatives; the Gifted Education Coordinator; and two school division curriculum/instruction representatives. This committee serves in an advisory capacity in support of gifted education programs in the school division. The GEAC meets four times annually, and the meetings are open to the public. The committee chair is Marybeth Young. Questions about the York County School Division gifted education services or the means by which students are identified for these programs should be directed to the Gifted Education Contact at your child's school.
View the GEAC's bylaws
|Gifted Education Advisory Committee|
|Bethel Manor Elementary||Kimberly Beauchan||Bruton High||Kimberly Silver-Perry|
|Coventry Elementary||Kirsten Hancock||Grafton High||Colleen Brush|
|Dare Elementary||Camela Steele||Tabb High||Jennifer George|
|Grafton Bethel Elementary||Nashat Ahmad||York High||Patty Mastracci|
|Magruder Elementary||Rachael McDaneld||Community Member||Jane Roithmayr|
|Mt. Vernon Elementary||Danielle Way||Gifted Education Coordinator||Sarah Haywood|
|Seaford Elementary||Angie Jones||Coordinator of Career &
|Tabb Elementary||Chris & Susan Fannin||Director of Elementary Instruction||Candi Skinner|
|Waller Mill Elementary||Kristin Downey||Director of Secondary Instruction||Anthony Vladu|
|Yorktown Elementary||Pam Abercrombie|
|Grafton Middle||Kristen Falk|
|Queens Lake Middle||Stacie Lohr|
|Tabb Middle||Heather Vedock-Gross|
|Yorktown Middle||Natalie Hall|