High school students who have been identified as gifted have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of advanced courses, including ten (10) Advanced Placement (A.P.) classes, nineteen (19) Honors classes, and eleven (11) Dual-Credit classes. Dual-credit courses allow the student to simultaneously earn both high school credit and community college credit. All dual-credit, advanced placement, and honors courses are weighted. Guidance counselors at each school can provide additional information.
Governor’s School for the Gifted:This residential summer program is designed to provide artistically and/or intellectually challenging and enriching experiences for a limited number of selected rising eleventh- and twelfth-graders. Governor’s School is offered in the following areas: agriculture, humanities, science, mentorships and the arts (instrumental music, vocal music, drama, dance and visual arts.) All selected participants are enrolled in elective courses, seminars and discussion groups at the sites. Schools are held around the state at college campuses, NASA-Langley, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the Medical College of Virginia. Classes meet for one month in the summer.
Governor’s School for the Arts: Rising ninth- through twelfth-grade students may apply for acceptance to the Governor’s School for the Arts. Classes are offered in dance, music, theater, performing arts, and visual arts. Students are selected based on indicated ability, interest, and potential for artistic growth. Interviews, auditions, portfolio reviews, and application materials are used in the selection process. Students are transported to Norfolk each afternoon for instruction in their chosen area of interest.
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics-Stem Project Lead the Way-Pathway to Engineering
Pathway To Engineering is a program of five challenging courses in grades 9-12 that use project-based, hands-on experience to teach students the key elements and skills of engineering and technology-based careers by immersing them in rigorous engineering problems. The goal of PLTW is to increase the number and diversity of engineering graduates by allowing them to experience pre-engineering curriculum and concepts while in high school.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme: Serves as a magnet for students in the Suffolk Public School district seeking a rigorous two-year curriculum in preparation for college and beyond. It is an option for students who are committed to participation in a challenging program of international education with rigorous assessments. The program encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. Students have the opportunity to apply for admission to the program in grade 8 for participation in grades 9 and 10 in a preparatory course of instruction before the IB Diploma Programme of instruction in grades 11 and 12. The application process requires that students have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average with enrollment in Algebra I and a foreign language. Along with the application, students are required to submit a writing sample, be interviewed, and receive favorable recommendations from teachers.
Project the Lead the Way–Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences is a program of four challenging courses in grades 9-12 that use project-based, hands-on experience to teach students the key elements and skills of the field of biomedical science and technology-based careers by immersing them in rigorous biomedical problems. The goal of PLTW Biomedical Sciences is to increase the number and diversity of STEM prepared graduates by allowing them to experience this rigorous curriculum while in high school.