• Buffalo Gap High School 

    2020-2021 Gifted and Talented Program

    Philosophy - Augusta County Public Schools believes that gifted students possess outstanding talents and abilities that require curriculum and instruction to meet their educational needs. We are committed to meeting these needs through acceleration and enrichment by differentiating for these students.

    School Coordinator: Amanda Seldomridge

    School Committee: Ian Marshall, Drew Bastian, Sara Urry-Booth, Amelia Coltrane, Delaney Nave, Jacqueline Patteson, and Allison Sprouse 

    County Supervisor: Angela Deitz

    Gifted Education Resources:

    -ACPS Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted 2017-2022 

    -Gifted Education: A Parent's Guide (Updated 9/19)


    *2020-21 School Events Calendar

    Wood Burning Workshop - Tuesday, December 1st from 3:30 - 5:00 in the BGHS Art Room.  Please pre-register with Mrs. Nave.

    Online YA Book Discussion - Visit the BGHS Library Google Site to participate

    Beth Zitman, Former Stage Manager for the Rockettes, Virtual Presentation - Now Available!  Please check your email for a link to the recorded interview.

    Owl Pellet Dissection (Take Home Kit) - Now available!

    Rock Painting (Take Home Kit) - Now available!

    Sam Retzer, Music Composer for Film and TV, Virtual Presentation - Now Available!  Please check your email for a link to the recorded interview.

    Jonathan Kirkland, Broadway Actor in Hamilton, Live Online Presentation - Monday, February 1st from 11:00 - Noon.  

    Drew Bastian, English Teacher and Musician, Songwriting Workshop - Friday, March 26th.  Now Available!  Please check your email for a link to the recorded session.

    Brian Landis, Virginia Film Actor, Virtual Presentation - Thursday, February 11th from 10:00-11:30.  Now Available!  Please check your email for a link to the recorded interview.

    Virginia Natural History Museum Virtual Presentation "Unsolved Mysteries" on Monday, March 8th at 9:00.  

    In-Person Rock Painting Workshop - Thursday, April 1st from 3:15 - 4:15.  Please pre-register with Mrs. Nave.



    *New Work/Mentorship Opportunity (Posted 3.11.21): The Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District, on the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests will soon be filling two Youth Conservation Corps positions for the 2021 field season.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Metcalfe or Mrs. Seldomridge.  Obtain an online application.  

    *New Work/Mentorship Opportunity (Poasted 3.11.21): Camp Alleghany in Lewisburg, West Virginia is hiring 2021 Summer Staff.  Visit the website for more information.


    Consider completing some of these virtual offerings:

    New Virtual Opportunity: STEM Innovation Challenge: https://cewd.org/resources/2021-stem-innovation-challenge/ 

    The Virtual Challenge will run from Feb. 1st - Apr. 15th


     VDOE: Summer Residential Governor's Schools Information  


    Community Events:

    -BLAST - Summer STEM Program at ODU, UVA, and VT for 8th and 9th graders: https://vsgc.odu.edu/blast/

    Applications due Monday, February 8th

     -UVA Summer Enrichment Program: https://curry.virginia.edu/services-outreach/saturday-summer-enrichment-program/summer-enrichment-program

    Applications due Friday, February 19th

     -Expanding Your Horizons (Math & Science Conference for Girls) at JMU: https://www.jmu.edu/mathstat/eyh/index.shtml

    -UVA Society for Women Engineers High School Visitation Program: https://www.virginiaswe.org/copy-of-hsv

    Fall date for virtual visitation: Saturday, November 14th / Apply by October 25th

    -Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars for 11th & 12 graders: https://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/

    Applications due Sunday, October 25th

    -Virginia Space Coast Scholars for 10th graders: https://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/

    Applications due Sunday, October 25th

    -Summer High School Residential Flight Academy: https://vsgc.odu.edu/pathwaysflightacademies/

    -National Youth Science Camp: https://www.nysf.com/w/apply-to-the-2021-nyscamp/

    Applications due Sunday, February 28th

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is "gifted and talented" (G&T)?

    Gifted and talented is used to describe students who “perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment” (US Department of Education, 1993).  Their talents may be academic, artistic, athletic, or social.  While BGHS recognizes that all students exhibit talents, the Augusta County School District determines how students are identified as gifted.  These gifted students are eligible for differentiated instruction such as an accelerated curriculum or extracurricular enrichment experiences.

    2. What does Virginia require public schools to provide to gifted students?

    Each district must have a Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted.  This plan describes the areas of giftedness the school division will serve, an operational definition of giftedness, procedures used to identify gifted students, plans for professional development of teachers and curriculum, and involvement of parents and community.

    3. How is my student identified as gifted at BGHS?

    Students are identified through a screening process or by referral.  At BGHS, most gifted students were identified through a screening process in elementary or middle school.  For students who are new to the school district or who have not been identified as gifted previously, a referral is necessary.  For details on the referral process, contact Mrs. Seldomridge.

    4. In what specific areas does BGHS identify gifted students?

    Augusta County recognizes two areas of giftedness, general intellectual aptitude and visual and/or performing arts aptitude.  General intellectual aptitude includes language arts, mathematics, and science.  In the arts, a student is identified as gifted in instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, and/or visual arts. Students may be identified for their aptitude in more than one area or discipline.

    5. How many BGHS studenst are identified as gifted?

    There are 95 students at BGHS who are identified as gifted, representing approximately 20% of the school population.

    6. What are gifted students required to do?

    There are no requirements for gifted students at BGHS.  Instead, students should view their identification as an opportunity to take advantage of resources made available through G&T programs at the school and in the school district.  Depending upon the specific area of giftedness, these G&T programs may include advanced coursework and/or extracurricular activities.

    7. How can I support G&T programs at BGHS?

    We will gladly accept donations of time and money.  Please contact Mrs. Seldomridge for more information.