Gifted Services

Nottingham has a full-time Resource Teacher for the Gifted (RTG).  Identification and eligibility of students for gifted services is a four step process that includes referral, screening identification, and re-evaluation.  A student may be considered for gifted services at any time during his or her school career in one or more of the following areas:

  • Specific academic aptitude English, Math, Science, Social Studies (K – 12)
  • Visual and/or Performing Arts aptitude (3 – 12)

Students must be enrolled in Arlington Public Schools to be considered for the eligibility process.  The total population is considered in the creation of a candidate pool.  Screening of the available test and assessment data occurs annually throughout the school year.

Gifted Referral Process

A student is referred to the gifted services eligibility process based on the following criteria:

  • A need for services beyond that provided by the regular instructional program
  • Available test information
  • Students products and performance done in school
  • Academic performance
  • Behavioral characteristics of Gifted students

A deadline for G/T referrals by parents, guardians, and community members is April 1st.  A referral form may be completed by a classroom teacher or other staff member, a parent/guardian, a community member or a student.

Identification
Student referrals are considered by a school-based committee composed of teachers including the referring teacher, the resource teacher for the gifted and principal or designee.  All relevant data is reviewed and the decision to identify a student for services or not is made by the committee.

In identifying students for Gifted Services, multiple criteria are are used including the following:

  • Observation of in-class behavior
  • Honors, awards
  • School-based performance data including products and test scores
  • Nationally-normed aptitude and or achievement assessments that includes the Naglieri taken by all second graders and the Cognitive Abilities test taken by all fourth graders
  • Teacher and parent information

Parent/Guardians are notified of the screen committee’s decision by letter.  For more information, visit the APS Gifted Services webpage.

Resource Teacher
For the Gifted
Ryan Van Valen

Ms. Van Valen
ryan.vanvalen@apsva.us