Welcome to Gifted & Personalized Education

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    The Winchester Public Schools K-12 Gifted (EXCEL) program emphasizes EXcellence, Creativity, Enrichment, and Leadership. Appropriate learning pathways are provided to gifted students through a continuum of services and options. Learning opportunities are designed to be open-ended so that they may be tailored to the talents and interests of students. The goal is to engage students in comprehensive study for which the rate of learning, content, and high level processing skills are adjusted to provide an individualized program commensurate with the needs of each intellectually gifted student.

    Teachers are trained to look for gifted characteristics in all students, but students may also be referred to the EXCEL program by parents, community members, professional school staff, student self nomination, or peer nomination. All 2nd grade students are assessed using a universal screener during the month of January.

Gifted Identification

  • WPS invites referrals for gifted identification twice a year, once during the fall and once during the spring.

    FALL REFERRAL WINDOW: Grades 3-12 - 10/6/2021 - 10/19/2021
    SPRING REFERRAL WINDOW: Grades 2-12 - 2/15/2022 - 2/24/2022

    Download the Gifted Referral Form or contact your child's teacher.

Information and Forms

  • If you have questions regarding the gifted program, please contact the gifted chairperson at your child's school:

    You may also contact Michele Herrmann, WPS Gifted Specialist (K-12).

    Third and fourth-grade gifted students may apply to attend the ACE Center for gifted students. For more information, please visit the ACE Center page

    2021-2022 CogAT Screening Information (2nd Grade)

    During the window of January 10 - February 18, your child will be administered the online version of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). This is a screening measure that is administered to all WPS second grade students as part of the district-wide identification process for gifted services. Specific dates and times will be determined by each school building. Please make every effort to have your child attend during the testing weeks, paying specific attention to the testing dates and times for your child’s class.

Contact Information

  • Jake Boula, Director of Elementary & Intermediate Instruction
    Jake Boula
    Director of Elementary & Intermediate Instruction
    boulaj@wps.k12.va.us
    540-667-4253

    Michele Herrmann, Elementary Gifted Instructional Specialist
    Michele Dempsey Herrmann
    K-12 Instructional Specialist
       for Gifted Education
    herrmannm@wps.k12.va.us
    540-662-3945

    Felicia Andre
    Administrative Assistant
    andref@wps.k12.va.us
    540-667-4253

    For additional information, contact your child's school principal or the Department of Instruction.