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Arlington, VA 22206
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Gifted Services

Gunston Middle School Gifted Services


Each year, the total population of our school is screened to create a pool of eligible highly able candidates by school staff based on students’ participation and performance in various academic and arts activities.

Screening is formal: We review all test scores following
standardized testing, and scholastic academic performance.

Screening is also informal:
We note students' competitions, awards, honors, and
participation in school events.
  Eighth grade students interview Anya Sykes, an immigration attorney about her work with asylum seekers from   African nations to better understand  the novel they are reading, The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo.

Referrals for Gifted Services

Students may be referred for services by their
classroom teacher, school personnel, parents/guardians, community leaders, and self or other students until April 1 for the current school year. A referral form must be filled out and given to the Resource Teacher for the Gifted.

Areas of Gifted Services Identification
  • Specific Academic Aptitude:
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Visual or Performing Arts:
  • Visual Art
  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music (string or wind instruments taught in APS)

Eligibility Criteria
  • Gifted Services in Specific Academic Areas
  • Standardized Testing Information
  • Teacher Checklist on Observations of Academic Behaviors
  • 6-12 Student Self-Assessment
  • Grades/Academic Performance
  • Student Products
  • Parent Information
Definition of a Gifted Student from the Virginia Plan:
  • “These students possess talents and abilities that differ from those of their peers to such a degree that differentiated educational programs should be provided to nurture their growth and development.”
  • “The identification of these students is based on the premise that they need and can benefit from specifically planned educational services different from those provided by the general educational experience.”
 Teachers gather to learn about the "Characteristics of Gifted Students" in a workshop presented by  Resource Teachers for the Gifted, Katy Cruise and Elizabeth Burgos. The workshop was held at Gunston Middle School.
Appeals Process is available to families following eligibility process. Appeal begins at the school level with the principal. Second level of appeals is a county-wide Gifted Services Administrative Appeals Committee.

Questions, submissions or comments?
Email elizabeth.burgos@apsva.us
Elizabeth Burgos, Gunston Gifted Teacher
Arlington County's Gifted Services Homepage

Last Modified on December 17, 2014