Gifted Education & Academic Rigor Services

  • The Office of Gifted Education & Academic Rigor Services works to develop the gifts and talents evident in our children by working with all of our stakeholders to create a wide range of engaging learning experiences that nurture our students’ social, academic, and emotional growth.

    Watch "I Am Gifted"


    Please note: Gifted Referral Testing is temporarily on hold due to the pandemic closure.  Additional information will be shared as soon as possible.

    Young Scholars & AOIS Virtual information Sessions

     The Academy at Rosemont Middle School is hosting virtual information sessions for the Young Scholars and Academy of International Studies (AOIS) specialty programs on Monday evening, Jan. 11th. Young Scholars begins at 5:30 pm, and AOIS follows at 6:30 pm.  Interested Parents and students are invited to attend either or both sessions via Zoom.  Please click on the YS/AOIS Info Night Flyer for details.

    *The Young Scholars program is specifically designed for highly motivated middle school learners identified as gifted. This “school-within-a-school” is housed at the Academy at Rosemont with specially trained faculty who provide researched-based instruction that is challenging and differentiated. Students must be identified gifted to be considered. Please click on the attached Young Scholars Brochure to learn more about this NPS middle school gifted program. 

    NPS SPECIALTY PROGRAMS: Norfolk Public Schools’ annual Specialty Program Showcase Night held virtually on November 5th, 2020 for both Middle and High Schools was recorded and available to view on the NPS website under the “For Parents” and "Specialty Programs".  Applications for both Middle and High School programs are available on the NPS Website for parents to download for students to complete and turn in to counselors by Jan. 22, 2021. 

    Middle School Specialty Programs Brochure

    High School Specialty Programs Brochure

    Middle School Specialty Program Application


    Philosophy of Gifted Education
    Norfolk Public Schools defines gifted students as those whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require services and programs to meet their educational needs.  Gifted students come from many backgrounds, and their special abilities cover a wide spectrum of human potential.  Students identifed as gifted deserve to be challenged to maximize their educational potential.  Norfolk Public Schools recognizes that the social and emotional needs of gifted students should be addressed by instructional and enrichment experiences that reflect an understanding of the complexities of the development of gifted learners that differs from that of their peers.

    "Fair isn't everyone getting the same thing; fair is everyone getting what they need in order to be successful."


  • Courtroom Law semi-final in District Court was held April 30th - Ghent School verses Northside Middle School.


    This year's winner was Ghent, congratulations!




Contact Information

  • Ms. Karla Stead
    Senior Coordinator

    The Rosemont Center
    7000 West Tanners Creek Drive
    Room 318
    Norfolk, VA 23513

    Office Hours 
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Phone (757) 852-4674 Please note due to Covid19, our office staff is limited and email may be the best way to contact us


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