Gifted Education

Gifted Education and Talent Development

Gifted students are those students who demonstrate high levels of academic accomplishment or show exceptional academic potential beyond their age peers of similar experience or environment. These students need advanced and complex content that is paced and sequenced to respond to their intellectual curiosity, exceptional problem-solving abilities, and rapid acquisition and understanding of information. 

The Prince William County Public Schools Gifted Education and Talent Development Program offers pull-out resource services in kindergarten through 12th grade for students whose learning needs cannot be entirely met in the general education classroom setting.

Gifted students typically have one or more of the following characteristics.

  • Curious, questioning attitude
  • Keen observer
  • Vivid imagination
  • Learns quickly
  • Sophisticated sense of humor
  • Exceptional memory
  • Sensitive to human issues, fairness, justice
  • Effective communication skills
  • Motivated to learn or develop a skill
  • Quickly learning a second language
  • Intense interests
  • Enjoys problem-solving

The gifted education identification process is ongoing throughout the school year. A student may be referred at any time by a parent, professional, divisionwide screening tool, or self-referral. The process begins with the completion of a referral form. These forms are available on the PWCS Gifted Education and Talent Development website. Referrals can also be made by sending an email to the gifted education resource teacher at the school.

To refer a student for gifted evaluation, return the referral form or send an email to Ms. Downer, the gifted education resource teacher here at Rockledge Elementary. If you would like a printed copy of the referral form, if you have any questions about gifted services, or if you would like more information, please contact Ms. Downer at

More information about the gifted identification process and gifted services can also be found on the PWCS Gifted Education and Talent Development website.