Gifted

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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

Overview

The Plaza Middle School Gifted Program serves students through a cluster model. In this model, our intellectually gifted students are clustered together in specific classes. Our gifted program provides differentiated instruction through collaboration of core teachers and the gifted resource teacher, Mrs. Moore. 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. Mrs. Moore also offers 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.  Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades can attend ODC for dance. Students who are identified gifted in visual arts can attend Virginia Beach Middle School full time.

Referrals and Screenings

Students may be considered for gifted programs through referral by parents, guardians, teachers, or self-nomination. Referral forms for the intellectual, dance and visual arts programs are available online at https://giftedapplication.vbcps.com.  Gifted testing dates for 2017-2018 year will be:

  • December 6 for any student grades 6 – 8 (applications due by Nov. 13th)
  • March 1st for Old Donation School applicants for grades 6 and 7 (applications due by Feb.1st)
  • May 9 for any student grades 6 – 8 (applications due by May 1st). 

Separate referral applications are available for The Governor's School for the Arts and the various high school academy programs.

Additional Information

Please contact Mrs. Moore, Plaza Middle Gifted Resource Teacher 648-4900 ex. 60304 or e-mail amy.moore@vbschools.com