Tips on Raising Gifted Scholars

Here is a list of some do’s and don’ts for raising gifted scholars from SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. SENG is a nonprofit organization that empowers families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Do give compliments to your child for his abilities and efforts.

Gifted children need recognition for their abilities from people whose opinions matter most to them just as much as anyone else. Try to be particularly aware of when your child really has put a great deal of effort or thought into something and needs encouragement or positive feedback.

Don’t over-schedule your gifted child; that is not the same as providing challenge.

Don’t judge the value of your child’s choices during the free and down times (except for safety and health issues). Give your child exposure to many different skills and activities that may uncover talent and passion in the child. Give your child the freedom and opportunity to make choices regarding clubs, activities, and extra-curriculars.

Do demonstrate how to prioritize, schedule, and let go.

Gifted individuals discover early that they have many interests and can get more done—wear more hats—than most other people. Sometimes they get over-involved and can’t decide how to lower their stress and their commitments. Help them learn to recognize the difference between their own goals and someone else’s. Help them learn that some goals are necessary “hoops.”

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Academy Applications Are Due Jan. 10th

Scholars interested in attending one of the school division’s academy programs and/or advanced academic programs are required to submit an application. Each program has specific application requirements.

January 10, 2020 is the deadline for all VBCPS students to submit their applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Timelines related to the selection and appeal process are available on the Application Timelines web page.