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Gifted Program

Mission statement
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Gifted Program
  • To challenge students with differentiated, interdisciplinary opportunities
  • To provide a flexible, innovative, curriculum that promotes self-esteem, productivity, creativity, and leadership
  • To develop individual talents, special abilities, and a commitment to excellence

The Plaza Middle School Gifted Program serves students through a cluster/resource model. In this model, our intellectually gifted students are clustered together and placed on specific teams. Our gifted program provides differentiated instruction through collaboration of core teachers and the gifted resource teacher, Ms. Forehand. Gifted students interact with their teachers and classmates in a heterogeneous setting, while benefiting from the curricular modification of content, process, product, and learning environment. Ms. Forehand also offers monthly staff development opportunities to assist teachers in the use of instructional strategies and thus, enabling them to better provide for the needs of gifted students.

Referrals and screenings:
Students may be considered for gifted programs through referral by parents, guardians, teachers, or self-nomination. Referral forms for the intellectual program are available from the gifted resource teacher and may be submitted at any time during the academic year. Plaza Middle School 2006-2007 testing dates for gifted eligibility are Oct. 22, Dec. 17, Feb. 19 (KLMS only), and May 27. Separate referral forms and applications are available for Kemps Landing Magnet School, Old Donation Center’s Visual Arts Program, Old Donation Center’s Dance Program, The Secondary Arts Enrichment Program, The Governor’s School for the Arts, and the various high school academy programs.

Program Offerings:

Plaza Middle School’s gifted student activities vary from year to year, and are provided during lunchtimes and after school. Identified gifted students participate in these activities on a voluntary basis. This year’s activities include:

  • Lunch activities
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Field trips
  • Parent Workshops
  • Before school SAT prep

Questions? Please contact Ms. Susewind, Plaza Middle Gifted Resource Teacher
648-4900 ext. 60316 or e-mail [email protected]

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Last Updated: February 17, 2014