Gifted Education

Teaching, Learning & Accountability


As part of the overall vision and mission Charles City County Public Schools to provide excellence in teaching and learning to all students, CCPS strives to recognize and identify diverse gifted learners and provide the educational services and opportunities to meet their unique needs and potential.

The Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted explains the details, goals and aspects of the gifted education program in CCPS. Please note that the plan is currently undergoing a complete revision for implementation in the 2016-2017 school year.

Division Philosophy for the Education of Gifted Students

We are committed to non-discriminatory identification of and appropriate provision for students, grades K-12, manifesting an advanced level of general intellectual aptitude and/or specific academic aptitude and/or visual arts aptitude.

We realize that the abilities and needs of the gifted and talented differ from the norm and require special educational provisions. Therefore, we believe the gifted and talented curriculum and the continuum of services should be directed toward providing identified students with quality education that allows for individualization and enrichment, along with academic requirements.

We believe that the programs for the gifted and talented should provide learning experiences that emphasize skills in researching, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, diversity, self-direction, and real-world applications. We further believe that the program for the gifted and talented students should be an integral part of the regular K-12 program.

Delivery of Services

  • In-class challenge lessons ( grades K-1)
  • Small group pull out challenge lessons (grades 1-6)
  • Summer Regional Governor's School experiences (grades 3-8)
  • In-class differentiation and collaboration with gifted resource teacher (grades 7-12)
  • Honors classes in specific content areas (grades 8-12)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes in specific content areas (grades 10-12)
  • Dual Enrollment in specific content areas (grades 11-12)
  • Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology (grades 9-12)
  • Maggie L. Walker Regional Governor's School for Government and International Studies (grades 9-12)
  • Enrichment activities and competitions such as National History Day, Scholastic Bowl, Noetic Math Competition

Referral for Identification

If you are interested in referring your child for identification in the gifted education program, please click on the form link below and return to your child's school office. For more information, please contact the division gifted resource teacher, Laura Richardson, at

• CCPS Referral Form for Gifted

Enrichment Opportunities

There are some wonderful enrichment programs and other opportunities that are available for the gifted or high-ability, high interest students outside our division hosted by colleges and universities. Parents may want to consider placing their names on their mailing lists to receive program information.

Other Resources

Charles City County Public Schools

10910 Courthouse Road | Charles City, VA 23030

Office: 804-652-4612 | Fax: 804-829-6723