Family and Student Resources

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Virginia Department of Education Web Site
This web site contains FAQs about Gifted Education, links to the state regulations and state and national organizations related to Gifted Education. Other documents available on this page include: Understanding the Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students and the Reference Guide for the Development and Review of the Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted and Supporting the Identification and Achievement of Twice-Exceptional Students.

Virginia Association for the Gifted
VA Gifted advocates for gifted children and services at the state level, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and holds bi-annual conferences.

Virginia Association for the Gifted Summer Scholarships
VA Gifted offers summer scholarships designed for those gifted students who wish to attend academic or artistic programs during the summer months. The scholarship application deadline is mid-March.

Focusing on the Future
A Career and Academic Planning Experience for High-Ability Students in Grades 6-12 and their Parents. An annual add-day career and academic planning event sponsored annually in January by the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and held in Williamsburg, VA.

Virginia Gifted Education and Governor’s Schools
Offers a variety of information from the Virginia Department of Education website. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides services to identified students, kindergarten through grade 12.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
NAGC is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community members who unite to address the unique needs of gifted children and youth. NAGC publishes a quarterly journal, a parenting magazine, and holds an annual conference.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) 
SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children understand and accept themselves and brings attention to the unique emotional needs of gifted children.

National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)
The National Society for the Gifted & Talented™ (NSGT) is a non-for-profit foundation created to honor and encourage gifted and talented children and youth.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities. CEC includes a TAG (Talented and Gifted) division.

Davidson Institute
Formed in 1999, the Davidson Institute is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation funded by Bob and Jan Davidson to recognize, nurture and support profoundly gifted students and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents. A variety of free brochures that can guide parents in the support of their children. The Foundation also provides a variety of scholarship opportunities.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships are designed to encourage and support outstanding students from 7th grade through graduate school who have a breadth of interests, work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need.

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
This Web site is an “all-things-gifted” resource for parents, educators, and gifted teens.

Early Entrance College Programs
Early entrance programs, often referred to as radical acceleration, provide an opportunity for groups of students who have yet to complete high school to become a part of a supportive peer environment within a collegiate setting. Various college early entrance programs allow these students to work toward either a full college degree or a high school diploma plus transferable college credit. PEG, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, offers an opportunity for bright and accomplished young women to complete college during their high school years.