Gifted Services at VBCPS

Gifted Education at the Elementary School Level

There are multiple gifted opportunities at the elementary level.

All Kindergarten and First Grade classes are provided with gifted services at Kempsville Meadows Elementary.

Kindergarten and first grade students are provided gifted teaching and learning through whole group and small group lessons led by the gifted resource teacher, and through differentiated teaching and learning developed by the classroom teacher in collaboration with the gifted resource teacher. All gifted resource lessons are based on the Virginia Beach City Public Schools regular education curriculum but are differentiated to increase the level of challenge for students.

Kempsville Meadows uses the Resource-Cluster Model for all students who are identified as gifted and talented. Students must apply and be tested for this program. Please see the testing page for more information.

The resource-cluster program is grounded in general education curriculum but is differentiated, modified and expanded to provide learning challenges. Students who are Identified as gifted students in grades two through five are placed in heterogeneous classrooms, and are taught by a cluster teacher trained in gifted education at their neighborhood school. A resource teacher, endorsed in gifted education, assists the cluster teacher in delivering instruction. Students are required to demonstrate mastery of the state-mandated Standards of Learning, and their instruction is differentiated to meet their intellectual needs.

Gifted Dance Education Program (Grades 3-8). Students must apply for this program. Please see the testing page for more information.

The Gifted Dance Education Program is a one day per week pull-out model for identified students in grades three through eight and is housed at Old Donation School. Admission into this program is determined through an application process. Dance students are presented a comprehensive curriculum which emphasizes the areas of concepts and skill development, dance history and appreciation, and creativity.

Gifted Visual Arts Program (Grades 3-8). Students must apply for this program. Please see the testing page for more information.

Identified third through eighth grade students may participate in the Gifted Visual Arts Program.Third through fifth grade is housed at Old Donation School, and middle school is housed at Virginia Beach Middle School. Admission is determined through an application and audition process. Instruction in the program challenges students gifted in the visual arts. The curriculum integrates art history, criticism, aesthetic perception, creativity, theory and skill development, as well as components from the core curriculum of knowledge.

Old Donation School (Grades 2-8) Students must apply for this program. Please see the testing page for more information.

Old Donation School is a centralized, full-time, gifted school serving identified students in grades two through eight. Admission is application-based and requires that students meet the criteria for gifted identification in VBCPS.

The curriculum at ODS includes all school district learning objectives, the Virginia Standards of Learning and expands and extends the curriculum specifically to meet the needs of the gifted learner. The curriculum is designed using methods and resources for developing the abilities of gifted learners.

Extra-curricular activities include options such as yearbook, student newspaper, SCA and other clubs in which students have special interest.

Below is a link to a promotional video about Old Donation School/Brickell Academy.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BKssK7wdw3FbDUT1rwq2v4iliIjzbavc/view?usp=sharing

Adapted from Virginia Beach City Public Schools website, vbschools.com