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Gifted EducationWJCC Schools2021-02-18T12:08:24-05:00
Ann Colorado, Ed.D.Coordinator for Gifted Education
Phone: (757) 603-6475
Fax: (757) 565-9389

In accordance with the WJCC Vision/Mission statement, gifted learners receive educational services that provide opportunities directed to their unique needs. These services include a differentiated instructional program that teaches higher level thinking processes in a learning environment that is respectful of the uniqueness of the individual student and conducive to risk-taking and exploration of new ideas. A flexible instructional pace enables students to maximize their learning. The K-12 continuum of services is designed to emphasize the importance of matching services to student needs.

Visions is the name given to the gifted program in WJCC. Each of our nine elementary schools has a full-time gifted resource teacher who works collaboratively with classroom teachers and other staff to meet the cognitive and affective needs of gifted learners. The formal gifted identification process has four parts: screening, referral, identification (testing), and eligibility.  You may learn more about WJCC Gifted Identification Processes through this handout or video.

In our four middle schools and three high schools are classroom teachers who also manage the gifted program screening responsibilities.

The Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted explains in detail all aspects of gifted education in WJCC. Also included in that plan are the long-range goals. A copy of the Local Plan is available in each school.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Gifted Testing?WJCC Schools2020-11-20T09:12:29-05:00

Student data is continuously screened all year long, and all 2nd graders take a nationally-normed, standardized ability test in the spring.  Referrals for the gifted program may be accepted at any time of the school year, but the Open Gifted Referral period is February 12th-26th, 2021.  The state regulations for gifted programs require that the gifted identification process be completed within 90 instructional days from the receipt of parent permission to test.

What gifted services are offered?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:34:25-04:00

The following services will be provided:

  • Grades K push-in services to classrooms
  • Grades 1-5 enrichment services
  • Fifth grade academic program in Language Arts and Math for students formally identified as gifted.
  • Grades 6-8-specific academic gifted classes in Language Arts, Social studies, and/ or Math
  • Grades 9-10- specific academic gifted classes in Language Arts, Social studies
  • Grades 10-12- AP courses, DE courses and Governor’s School
How will my child be screened for gifted eligibility?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:34:05-04:00

Many criteria are reviewed to help determine eligibility for gifted services. These may include:

  • One or more ability tests, (i.e. IQ test)
  • Achievement tests
  • Portfolio of student work
  • Rating scales of gifted behaviors completed by parents and teachers
  • Grades
Can students not formally identified for gifted serviced receive gifted services?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:33:44-04:00

No. However, students not eligible for gifted services still have opportunities for differentiation, including honors classes and a wide variety of elective courses.

Does WJCC provide services for students enrolled in private schools?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:33:23-04:00

No.  Both screening for gifted services and delivery of instruction are for those students currently enrolled in WJCC schools.

My child was identified for the gifted program in WJCC but withdrew from the school. If my child re-enrolls in a WJCC school is he/she automatically placed into the gifted program?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:32:57-04:00

Yes, the student maintains his/her gifted placement.  However, a student may need to complete screening for additional gifted services.

If my child was in a gifted program in another school division or state, is he/she guaranteed placement in WJCC’s gifted program?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:32:35-04:00

Since each school division has different gifted services offered, we will review the student’s file for documentation and determine screening or placement.  Exception:  Students from a military family who have written documentation are placed provisionally and reviewed as needed.

Does my child have to be rescreened from elementary school to middle school to high school?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:32:09-04:00

No, once a student is found eligible for gifted services, the placement remains.

If my child goes through the screening process and is not found eligible will there be another opportunity for him/her to go through the process again?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:31:45-04:00

You will want to meet with the gifted resource teacher to discuss the results.  After that meeting a parent can appeal the placement decision.  If the student is not determined eligible on appeal, a parent can refer a child again after one calendar year.

I am interested in having my child evaluated for gifted services. What do I do?WJCC Schools2017-07-19T13:31:22-04:00

Make contact with the gifted resource teacher at your child’s school to discuss the process. You will then complete both a referral form and a permission to test form.

Gifted Resource Teachers

NameE-Mail AddressSchoolLevel
Stacy FreemanClara Byrd BakerElementary
Kara O'GradyD.J. MontagueElementary
Cheryl HolzschuhJ. Blaine BlaytonElementary
Erin RouttenJames RiverElementary
Madeline ColthorpeLaurel LaneElementary
Karen LittleMatoakaElementary
Sarah CorneliussenMatthew WhaleyElementary
Jamie CollinsNorgeElementary
Norman PoonStonehouseElementary
Nathaniel ElliottBerkeleyMiddle
Gia ChambersJames BlairMiddle
Julia RoketenetzLois S. HornsbyMiddle
Lisa ButchelloToanoMiddle
Jordan McGregorToanoMiddle
Richard LampertJamestownHigh
Kati RutherfordLafayetteHigh
Katlin AughenbaughWarhillHigh
Katie MaclauchlanWarhillHigh