Year-Round Opportunities

Gifted Education - Student Opportunities

Opportunities during the school year:

FOF Focusing on the Future, offered by the Center for Gifted Education in the College of William and Mary, is a career and academic planning experience for high-ability students in grades 6-12 and their parents and counselors.  It exposes high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. The program also informs parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning.The experience includes large and small group sessions for students and parents. Following an opening session, students in grades 6-8 attend four workshop sessions, each session offering six different topics. Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9-12, parents, and counselors. Other activities include a lunchtime panle discussion with Williams & Mary students and an opportunity for a campus tour.
Registration information can be found here and at their website:

The Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology, located in Pulaski, VA, is one of eight schools established by the Governor of Virginia to create special educational opportunities to students with aptitude and interest in science and mathematics. The school utilizes the combined resources of the participating school divisions to provide programs which facilitate the acquisition of scientific and technical knowledge through laboratory investigation and research. Students attend the Governor's School for half a day to take science, math, and research classes. The students acquire credit necessary for graduation from high school, and they earn college credit as well. Students take away the knowledge they have gained through texts, lectures, and labs; and they also take away the knowledge they have acquired from "real world" experiences. These experiences include presentations by visiting scientists, three month internships in the fields of their choice, and various field research.
NHD  "National History Day makes history come alive for America’s youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.  Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today’s youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future.  NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction. "

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide middle school math enrichment program that provides students with fun and challenge. They develop problem solving skills in a competitive atmosphere while building essential teamwork skills. The Chapter (Local) Competition for MATHCOUNTS is held at Virginia Tech’s Torgersen Hall on a Saturday in mid-February.
MATHCOUNTS competition is quite challenging and consists of three rounds. Students compete both individually and on teams. At the end of the competition, a Countdown Round occurs for top scorers. It is a fast-paced oral competition in which pairs of Mathletes compete against each other and the clock to solve problems. 
First, second, and third place teams proceed to the state competition in Richmond.  The top ten scoring individuals also proceed to the state competition regardless of their teams standing. For more information about the MATHCOUNTS competition and MATHCOUNTS problems, visit the website at If your child would like to join a MATHCOUNTS team, please contact the gifted resource teacher at your middle school.

Science Fair is a yearlong educational project in which students apply scientific method to do a research project. Students will present their projects at The Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair at Radford University in March.

Students in grades seven and eight participate in the Junior Division. They have the choice of entering a project as an individual or as a team in either biological or physical science. Junior Division participants do not advance to the Virginia State Science Fair. 

Students in grades nine through twelve participate in the Senior Division.  They have a choice of entering a project as an individual or as a team in the following categories: animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental sciences, mathematical sciences, medicine and health sciences, microbiology, physics and astronomy, and plant sciences.  First, second, and third place awards are given in each of the categories.  Each first and second place winner from the Senior Division is eligible to compete in the Virginia State Science Fair. 

Two Grand Prize winners from the Senior Division of the Regional Science Fair are awarded an all-expense-paid trip for themselves and their sponsoring teachers to the International Science and Engineering Fair.  Special awards and scholarships are given at the Regional Science Fair by federal agencies, civic groups, and commercial organizations for the best exhibits in the areas of interest of these organizations. 

For more information about the Science Fair competition, please visit:

 WM SEPSpring Saturday Enrichment Program at the College of William and Mary The College of William & Mary's Spring Saturday Enrichment Progragm in Williamsburg, VA, is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students enrolled in grades K–11. There are a variety of courses to choose from. An informational flyer can be found here and you can get more information at their website:

SEP UVA University of Virginia – Saturday Enrichment Program
In coordination with the Curry School of Education, the Saturday  Enrichment Program (SEP) seeks to offer gifted and/or high ability students a rich and rewarding learning experience. The Saturday program serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Limited financial aid is available. Click here for their informational flyer or go to the website:

Kids’ Tech University
  typically takes place in January, February, March, and April.  This is an all-day event consisting of an interactive session, which is centered on answering a question about the world around us, and a hands-on component, which features Virginia Tech professors, students, clubs, and community members.  Kids can take part in  virtual labs and forum after the all-day event to continue to cultivate their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students who are 9-12 years old (as of Sept. 30th) qualify for this program.  For more information go to:
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