Gifted Open Referral Period

March kicks off the beginning of  open referral for gifted eligibility.  Students currently in grades 3-7, who have not been tested for the gifted program in the last 12 months are eligible for nomination.  Parents, teachers, administrators, and students may nominate a student for gifted services.  Nomination forms can be accessed from school offices, gifted resource teachers, or the gifted blog.  For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at or (757) 925-6759.

Please complete the attached referral form and submit it to your school’s gifted resource teacher by March 29, 2019.  Testing dates will take place in April and May and will vary with each school.


Gifted Referral, Screening, and Identification During 2020-21 School Year

As we start our school year virtually, we want to provide information on our gifted referral and screening process for the 2020-21 school year. Suffolk Public Schools is currently focusing on testing students who were referred for gifted services just before the school closures in March. Parents of students who were referred for services last spring will be contacted by their school’s gifted resource teacher to schedule a one-on-one appointment for testing.

During the spring of 2020 we were scheduled to screen all second graders to determine their need for gifted services. Due to the Covid-related school closures, we were not able to screen those students. We will screen those students this year; however, we are not able to set a schedule for that screening until we have a firm plan for when students will return for face-to-face instruction (or a hybrid of face-to-face and virtual instruction). More information regarding the screening of current third graders will be posted once that is determined. We plan on screening this year’s second graders during the spring as we normally would.

Our open referral period for students grades 4-7 will occur in in the spring starting in March. More information about that process will be posted in February. If you have any questions regarding our gifted services, please contact Stuart Jones at, or 757-925-6750, ext. 668602.

Suffolk Public Schools Specialty Program Applications

Application Info for 2019-2020

Governor’s School for the Arts: Deadline—December 14, 2018

Application Information Link:

Suffolk Public Schools’ Specialty Programs

Deadline—December 14, 2018

Common Application Link:

Project Lead the Way Engineering

Application Information Link:

Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science

Application Information Link:

International Baccalaureate

Application Information Link:

For more information please see your school counselor

Governor’s Summer Residential Academies 2018

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in foreign language, visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.

Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport, Supervisor of Advanced Instruction K-12 at or 757-925-6760.

National Youth Science Camp 2018

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

Suffolk Public Schools Specialty Program Information Nights

Suffolk Public Schools will be holding information nights for specialty programs throughout the months of November and December.  Applications for the programs will be available after each information night.  For more information about any of the programs, please contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at or (757) 925-6750.

Link to flyer: Specialty Program Flyer

University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program 2018

An exciting opportunity for gifted and high ability students currently in grades 4-10! Online application available at

Link to Flyer:  UVA Summer Gifted Program

Suffolk Public Schools College and Career Readiness Fair

Suffolk Public School College Fair will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM at King’s Fork High School. Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities will share information about their schools and answer all your questions about admission requirements, tuition, programs of study, financial aid, and student life.

Suffolk Public Schools College and Career Readiness Fair will be held on November 18, 2017 at King’s Fork Middle School. Workshop sessions will be provided on a variety of topics within the areas of Planning for High School, Preparing for College, and Transitioning to the Workforce.  Colleges, schools, and employers will also be available at information tables throughout this event.

College and Career Flyer

Saturday Enrichment Program for High-Ability Learners

The College of William and Mary is offering an enrichment program this school year.
SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students in grades K-12.
The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts, that are not typically studied in the regular classroom.

Tidewater Regional Governor’s School Accepting Applications

The Tidewater Regional Gove­­rnor’s School for Science and Technology

Identified gifted students currently in grades three, four, five, and six from Isle of Wight County, Franklin Public Schools, Suffolk Public Schools, and Southampton Public Schools are eligible and are urged to apply to The Tidewater Regional Governor’s School for Science and Technology.  The program is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the participating school divisions.

Session Theme: Forensics: Capturing STEM Imaginations!

Objective: Students, using forensic technologies and techniques, will conduct investigations and participate in mock trials based on collected and analyzed evidence.


The Tidewater Regional Governor’s School program will offer students the opportunity to solve real-world problems related to STEM topics and methodologies by exploring the world of forensics, using scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime.  Working in cross-age groups, students will research relevant topics relating to crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and related legal proceedings, culminating in a mock trial scenario that will evaluate their gained knowledge and experience.  At least one class day will be devoted to off-site field trip(s) that will provide students with vital, novel experiences that support the session theme. Depending on the scope of students’ chosen role in the final project, a variety of technology options will be made available to students to accomplish necessary tasks. Activities that support the session theme will be planned and carried out by TRGS teachers. Students will present their technology experience, through any means reasonable, during the concluding day of the program to visiting families, district guests, and the public.  Instructors who have experience working with gifted students and STEM education will act as facilitators of learning. In addition, expert speakers will provide participants relevant information and resources that will enhance the overall learning experience.

Session Schedule:
Monday – Thursday during the weeks of July 10-13 and July 17-20, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Pioneer Elementary School, 150 Pioneer Road, Suffolk, Virginia

Please see the link below for an application.  Applications must be returned to the child’s school by March 31st, 2017

TRGS StudentApplication&ParentLetter2017