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Talent Development and Gifted Services


  • Support a rigorous, challenging core curriculum which engages students in real-world investigations and builds conceptual understanding
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn advanced content, strategies, and processes which extend and enhance the core curriculum
  • Support unique and individual educational needs of students as appropriate

Services Overview

Albemarle County Schools provides services and programming options designed to challenge, interest, and motivate gifted and high ability students. In most cases, these programming options are available to all students whose ability and interest meet established criteria.

Student services vary from elementary to middle to high school and include options such as in-class differentiation of curriculum, clustering/grouping students for instruction, grade level and/or subject acceleration based on individual needs, small group instruction with a gifted resource teacher, honors and Advanced Placement classes, mentorships, independent study programs, summer Governor's School programs, special seminars and guidance services targeted to high ability learners.

In addition to services for students, Albemarle County also provides professional development, resource assistance, and classroom support for teachers who work with gifted and high ability students in the classroom.

ACPS Talent Development and Gifted Service Local Plan

ACPS.LocalPlan.v3.Revised Summer2019 - Local Plan 2015-2020.pdf

What does "Talent Development and Gifted Services" mean?

In the ACPS model there are three interweaving gifted education practices carried out by educators in the school: Differentiation, Gifted Services, and Talent Development. Rarely are these three practice mutually exclusive.

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ACPS uses Treffinger's Levels of Service (LoS) Model to operationalize the three practices of Differentiation, Gifted Services, and Talent Development.

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For more information about Albemarle County's gifted education services, contact the principal or the gifted resource teacher in your school or the Facilitator for Gifted Education, Maureen Jensen at(434) 296-5820 or


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