Gifted Education

Gifted at Jefferson Forest High School

This is where you can find information catered to those identified as academically gifted. News for the gifted students will no longer be posted in the Cavalier Connection, but rather, on this site.

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Passionate about learning? Intellectually adventurous?  Find programs and peers who share your interests at Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Studies Program.  This program is for top high school students to explore subjects not typically taught in high school.  Choose from Sports Business, Summer Arts, Artificial Intelligence Lab Outreach, or numerous credit-bearing courses.  To find out more, visit spcs.stanford.edu/find-yourself.

Another summer opportunity:  George Washington University in Washington, DC has two-week summer immersion programs and six-week college intensive programs to explore subjects like arts, communications, robotics, foreign policy and more.   Enjoy an enriching academic experience and an extraordinary summer in the nations' capital.  For more information, go online to precollege.gwu.edu.



Juniors!  It's time to apply for Boys State and Girls State!! Do you love the idea of spending the week of June 18-24 exploring Virginia government?  With over 800 other students you will create and run a mock government, learn about running for office, and even meet the governor of Virginia! To be considered as one of the two JF nominees, you must have demonstrated leadership and service to others, an interest in government, good character, good academics, and honesty.  Boys State will be held at Radford University; Girls State will be held at Longwood University. Please see Mrs. Williamson in the Counseling Office for more information and an application.


Calling all history enthusiasts in 10th, 11th , or 12th grades!  The College of William and Mary together with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is offering two pre-college summer programs in Early American History. These sessions are June 25 – July 15 and July 16 – August 5. Students may take one of two courses:  American History from Jamestown through the American Revolution or American History from the American Revolution through the Civil War. And you will be on the site of many of the historic events you will be studying! Each course earns transferable college credit.  Interested students should visit the web site at www.wm.edu/niahd.  The deadline is April 21st.



Roanoke College Summer Institute (RCSI) provides a four-week (July 2 - 29) college experience with interesting courses for college credit taught by Roanoke College professors. Peer mentoring, college prep workshops as well as athletic and social programming give students a strong foundation to start college.  Some of the courses offered are creative writing, statistics & food, plague & pestilence, animals in the humanities, and research experience in cell biology. If you are a rising junior or senior interested in this program, go online to: www.roanoke.edu/about/community/programs_offered/rc_summer_institute.  Applications are due by May 15.