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Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) is an umbrella term used to describe the program that serves the needs of gifted and talented students in Washington County Schools. The services include differentiated instruction, enrichment activities and other associated middle and high school activities, including Governor’s Schools, regional and state band and chorus, and Advanced Placement classes. Instruction is differentiated when the teacher adapts coursework to challenge gifted students within the context of the classroom. Gifted Education Plans (GEPs) at the individual campuses will drive the GATE academic and enrichment programs.
Recognizing the importance of in-class instructional time, some parts of the gifted program will be delivered after school hours. These activities may be part of the individual school programs or part of the county-wide program. County-wide programs offered after school may involve community resources such as William King Regional Arts Center , Barter Theatre, etc. Summer programs for gifted students include the Emory & Henry Summer Scholars program and Governor’s Schools offered at Virginia Highlands Community College, UVA-Wise and at State Universities. In addition, the Washington County Schools GATE program provides summer camp opportunities for elementary school, middle school and rising high school students. Washington County Schools Summer GATE Camp is free to all Washington County Schools GATE students.
A distance learning network in our high schools provides continuous presence two-way voice and video communication between schools. This allows classes to be offered in schools where it is not cost effective to have a teacher on-site. Classes include Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment for high school students. The A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School offers many dual enrollment classes using Internet-based telecommunications technologies. Courses include Engineering and Computer Science (Advanced Multimedia Applications; Engineering and Robotics I & II; Introduction to Engineering Methods and Computer Programming), English (Methods of Research), History (Appalachian History; Western Civilization I & II; World Civilization I & II),Life Sciences (Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II), Mathematics (Probability & Statistics I & II), Natural Sciences (Astronomy I & II; Principles of Physics I & I). In addition, the Virginia Department of Education offers many classes through their Virtual Virginia Advanced Placement School. These classes are taught using an asynchronous Internet-based technology (SVETN). These programs are at no cost to Washington County Schools students.