Gifted Education Programs and Services

Frederick County Public Schools is committed to providing services in settings that encourage differentiation of instruction. Gifted services are provided through school-based activities which comply with FCPS School Board and state objectives. Gifted services address the unique abilities, interests, and needs of gifted students through differentiated curriculum and instruction, enrichment or acceleration opportunities, or other extension activities listed below.

Grades Service Service Model Service Time Additional Opportunities Assessment Communication
K-2 Discovery Push into student's classroom 50 minutes per month   Discovery Progress Report --Newsletters
--Email
--FCPS website
3-5 Discovery Pull out to gifted resource teacher's classroom 75 minute per week Blue Ridge Environmental Governor's School (BREGS) - 5th grade only Discovery Progress Report --Newsletters
--Email
--Folders
--FCPS website
6 Gifted Exploration in Middle School (GEMS) Class conducted in gifted resource teacher's classroom One class period every other day for 12 weeks in 1st rotation of the exploratory electives BREGS S/U end of course grade FCPS website
7-8 Problem Solving Research and Independent Study for Middle School (PRISMS) Elective class conducted in gifted resource teacher's classroom Semester class meets daily for one period; students may take it up to 4 times --BREGS
--Performing and Visual Arts Northwest (PAVAN) - 8th grade only
Grades FCPS website
9-10   Quarterly lunch seminar with gifted resource teacher   --Mountain Vista Governor's School (MVGS)
--PAVAN
 

--Invitation from teacher
--FCPS website

11-12 Gifted Independent Study (GIS) Application process/semester course with seminars and mentorships Last block every other day/semester course --MVGS
--PAVAN
Grades FCPS website