Office of Academic Rigor

  • The Office of Academic Rigor 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.

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

  • Attention 5th Graders!!  It is now time to begin applying for Middle School Specialty Programs!  This year all programs will be using a Common Application.  All applications are due to your school counselor no later than January 31, 2018.  Get started on your application today!


    2018-19 Middle School Specialty Program Application Packet

  • Governor's School for the Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities Information

    As we begin the application process that will ultimately bring 400 outstanding high school students to the 2018 Residential Governor's School for the Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities, I’d like to share some information and materials with you and hope your very best scholars, artists, and performers will engage in the selection process. Enhancements in the Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts curricula and programs resulted in an astounding 2017 summer session! The students were absolutely amazing, our faculty of nationally and internationally renowned scholars, musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists and professionals challenged and brought the very best out of  our gifted students. From Skype sessions with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Augusta Read Thomas, rehearsals with Long Island Philharmonic and Roanoke Symphony conductor Maestro David Stewart Wiley, energetic dance sessions with African Drummer Attiba Rorie, and an evening with NPR Critic Eric Deggan,  our many guest artists and speakers  - literally from around the globe – were truly inspirational.

    A unique feature of the HUMANITIES program is its eclectic nature and relevance for a diverse population of students. The HUMANITIES program of the Residential Governor’s School is a fit for gifted students from any high school in the Commonwealth. I’ve attached an informative brochure highlighting the unique and engaging courses and activities of our HUMANITIES program, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to such subjects as history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and media. In 2017, students:

    • explored the nature of medical expertise
    • published magazines on such topics as politics, feminism and international affairs
    • studied false confessions in the “Truth and Justice” workshop
    • analyzed a crime scene as part of a forensic anthropology workshop, and

    examined biases perpetuated by search engine and social media algorithms.


    The VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS program brings together the very best high school Musicians, Dancers, Actors, and Visual Artists with an incredibly gifted and diverse faculty of nationally and internationally renowned arts educators and performers. The students are challenged, engage in varied artistic experiences, and perform with students who are on par with their accelerated abilities -  a truly unique and life changing experience for these young people! As you know, the rigorous audition/adjudication process has begun and will continue through January 2018. Please encourage your artists and performers to apply and audition for this very special VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS program.


    GSA Brochure

  • Team Quest


    Academic Rigor is pleased to announce several Gifted Resource Teachers were selected as winners of the Team Quest in a Box – Academic Challenge Educational Grant!  This academic competition is specifically designed for Gifted and Talented students in third and fourth grade. The grant is valued at $749! The students will complete challenges in areas of engineering, mathematics, and creativity.  Teams of four students will demonstrate their ability to work together in multiple challenges that cover five core areas: Team Strategy, Creative Design, Construction and Building, Logic and Higher Level Thinking and Real Life Problem Solving.  The goal of the program is for students to carry these important skills into their everyday lives while incorporating creativity, imagination, and engineering along the way.  Each kit will enable five teams of four students each to participate in the challenge. 

        The following Gifted Resource Teachers won a TeamQuest grant for their schools:

           Ms. Jennifer Lane – Sewells Point Elementary School

           Mrs. Barbara Harrison – Oceanair Elementary School

           Mrs. Krystal Salaam – Fairlawn Elementary School

           Dr. Patricia Costis – Crossroads School

           Mr. Christopher Michaels – Larrymore Elementary School

    Congratulations to all!




    Norfolk Public Schools has partnered with Hanover Research, a custom research firm based in Washington, D.C., to design, administer, and analyze a gifted program survey. The survey will target gifted program parents to explore their perceptions of the gifted enrichment programs offered by NPS. Ultimately, the information gathered through this survey will help the district better understand the strengths and development areas of its gifted programming and inform its future improvement efforts.


    Survey for Parents: CLICK HERE

    Survey for Students: CLICK HERE

    Survey for Staff: CLICK HERE

Contact Information

  • Ms. Valerie Tuck
    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
    Fax (757) 852-4677


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  • Mistake Tree

    After reading the novel “Because of Winn-Dixie, our grade 2&3 coskills students had a lesson/discussion about perfectionism and created this mistake tree identical to a mistake tree of one of the main characters, Gloria Dump.