Welcome to Gifted & Personalized Education

  • gifted

    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.

Announcements

  • Rising third and rising fourth grade gifted students may now apply to attend the ACE Center for gifted students for the 2021-22 school year. 

    For more information, please visit the ACE Center page. You are also encouraged to attend our Virtual ACE Information Session on Tuesday, May 25, 6:00 - 7:00 PM via Google Meet.

    • Join via computer: meet.google.com/xvh-krmj-vbr
    • Join via phone: ‪(US) +1 803-470-6851‬ PIN: ‪167 430 628‬#

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 - 9/27/2021 - 10/8/2021
    SPRING REFERRAL WINDOW: Grades 2-12 - 2/14/2022 - 2/25/2022

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

Information and Forms

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.