Colonial Heights Public Schools

512 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834   |  Phone: 804-524-3400
City of Colonial Heights, Virginia

Talented and Gifted Welcome Letter

Dear Parent(s):

            I would like to welcome you and your child to the Colonial Heights Public School's programs for the gifted.  In conjunction with our new Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted, the division has made a number of improvements to our K-12 program.

            Programs at the elementary level continue the effort to identify and develop high ability learners from traditionally underserved populations.  The goal of the PROMISE Program in grades K-2 is to identify students from all demographic backgrounds who have the potential of being formally identified gifted in grade 3.  The PROMISE Program works with these children to further develop their cognitive abilities.  The CREATE program serves identified gifted students in grades 3-5.  We are particularly excited about the recent effort to infuse differentiated science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) instruction in the elementary gifted classroom.  Classroom and resource teacher collaboratively develop and deliver instruction to meet all students' needs.         

            Several years ago, we made a higher level elective course available to sixth grade students who want to learn about Lego robotics, Future Problem Solving (FPS), videography, and creative writing.  We are especially excited to announce that an elective in Lego robotics will be available to seventh grade students during the 2015-16 school year.  An expanded course catalog at the high school includes Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Computer Science and Dual Enrollment College Composition.  We continually analyze course offerings and adjust our curriculum to meet diverse student needs.  In addition to providing opportunities to explore their individual abilities and interests, the addition of these courses provide high ability students with a differentiated curriculum that is as expansive as it is rigorous and relevant to the twenty-first century

            The purpose of this website is to provide parents with information about these changes, as well as the traditional programs for identified gifted students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  In addition to summarizing the division's philosophy and goals for gifted education, I have included a parent resource section that will help you to provide academic, social, and emotional support for your child at home.

            It is our hope that your child will find his/her participation in the gifted program full of rich experiences that will inspire their love of learning—both in and outside of the classroom, and throughout life.   If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child's gifted resource teacher, school principal, or me.  It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome those of you who are new and those of you who are returning to our program

Sincerely,

Dr. Joseph A. Douglas

Coordinator of Gifted Education