Covington Schools, Shaping the Future
Covington City Public Schools, Covington Virginia

Gifted Education

(Gifted and High Achiever's Program)     Grades K-12

The purpose of Covington City Public Schools is to provide equal opportunity for every student to achieve maximum intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth, to insure that each individual be equipped to communicate effectively with other people, to be competent both in the work place and in higher education, and to feel confident of the ability to make creative and constructive decisions in his/her life.

The Covington City Public School System’s basic educational philosophy states that “The purpose of the school is to provide opportunities and experiences which develop the full potential of each child enrolled.”  Gifted students are those whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they are among those who require special services.  Programs for gifted students should provide appropriate learning experiences and environments which meet the academic, creative, and social-emotional needs of these students and which develop their potential.

The Gifted Program in the Covington City Schools is closely aligned with this general philosophical statement, since it is designed to provide an additional method of ensuring quality education appropriate to the uniquely different abilities, talents, and aptitudes that are innate within each child.

The regular classroom teacher is the key person in educating the gifted student.  The classroom teacher is in the best position to guide the learning of gifted students directly.  The Gifted Program builds upon and enhances regular classroom instruction.

Recognizing that within any group of superior learners there are differences in interests, backgrounds, abilities, and motivations.  The Covington City Enrichment Program is designed to provide as much individualization as possible with diversified approaches that are appropriate to the student, the school, and the community.

The basic goal of the Enrichment Program is to provide opportunities for appropriate intellectual, academic, and creative stimulation as well as social involvement so that Covington City's gifted children will have an opportunity to develop their potential to the fullest extent possible.

Differentiation is provided through the modification of content, processes, strategies, evaluation, and learning environment that are appropriate in nurturing the characteristics of gifted students. 

Covington City provides a continuum of services in kindergarten through grade twelve for students gifted in intellectual aptitude. The program is sequential and integrated into the basic curriculum.


Jackson River Governor's School

Frequently Asked Questions about Gifted Education (DOE website)

Gifted Plan 2008-2013

Covington City Public Schools | 340 E. Walnut Street | Covington, VA  24426
Phone: (540) 965-1400 | Fax: (540) 965-1404

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