Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center Offers Cooking and Other Youth Classes

Encourage your child to try something new this summer.  The Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center is offering several Confectionery  and Culinary camps and classes.

Cupcakes ( ages 6-15)

Chocolate Factory (ages 6-15)

Cake Decorating and Design (ages 7-15)

Culinary Camps (ages 7-14)

Whisk It Up! (ages 7-14)

Summer Cuisine Take Off (ages 7-14)

Cultural Summer Delight (ages 7-14)

Pizzeria Time (ages 2-5)

Fruitastic Kabobs (ages 2-5)

Yoga and Visual Arts classes are also being offered.

Click Here to learn more about the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center.



HCPS Summer Academey is Offering Two Classes for Gifted Elementary Students

Henrico County Public Schools is offering two sessions of enrichment classes this summer for elementary students.

Gifted Programs is offering Bridge Building during session 1 (July 8-July 18) for rising 4th and 5th grade identified gifted students.

Gifted Programs is offering Welcome to Dolphin Fest 2019! for Rising third and fourth grade identified gifted students.

Click Here for the Summer Academy Brochure and Application Information.


Gifted Education Advisory Council Needs New Members 2019-2020

The Henrico County Gifted Education Advisory Council needs new members for the 2019-2020 school year.

We are seeking to fill the following positions for the 2019-2022 term (3 years):

1 Parent Representative from the Brookland District

1 Parent Representative from the Fairfield District

1 Parent Representative from the Three Chopt District

1 Parent Representative from the Tuckahoe District

In addition, we have 2 (2 year terms)

1 Parent Representative from the Tuckahoe District

1 Parent Representative from the Tuckahoe District

1 Middle School Student Representative (grade 7 or 8 for a 1-year term)

1 Principal

If interested, please visit the HCPS Gifted Website ( to fill out an application located under the Gifted Advisory Council (Membership Information).    

 Applications are due by April 30th.  

Contact Gifted Programs at 652-3790 if you have any questions.

iD TECH Summer Camp Experience

iD Tech is a highly organized summer camp experience designed to provide opportunities for kids and teens of all skills levels to discover coding, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design.  Through a variety of experiences campers develop technology  skills.  The program originated in Silicon Valley and is now offered throughout the United States.

These camps are offered on the campus of the University of Richmond.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History–College of William and Mary for College Credit

The National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) is proud to host the Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History at the College of William & Mary.

This unique program offers students an opportunity to live and study at the College of William & Mary for three weeks during the summer.  Students will earn 4 hours of transferable college credit studying early American history right where it happened.

What sets the program apart from your typical history class is that students will travel daily to the museums, battlefields, archaeological sites, homes, and places where history lives.  Talk with professional historians and curators.  Learn not only the history of America but also what’s being done to preserve it.  Participate in an active archaeological dig and get your hands dirty looking for 18th-century artifacts.

The National Institute of American History & Democracy’s Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History is open to high school students who will have completed at least their sophomore year of high school by the time the summer program begins.  This includes rising juniors, rising seniors, and rising college freshmen.

To learn more CLICK HERE

Summer Camps – Henrico Department of Recreation and Parks

Did you know that Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks offers a variety of specialized summer camps for students of all ages and ability levels?  These are not specifically for gifted students but many of the camps are focused on topics/activities  that may be of interest to your child.

Youth Camps are offered for students in a variety of age groups (6-7, 8-10, 8-9, etc.) Each class listing has information about age requirements.

Registration begins on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM.

To read detailed descriptions about each camp, CLICK HERE.

Camps for primary age students:

Three Lakes Nature Camp

Trail Blazers Camp

CenterStage Performing Arts Camp

Fighting Gravity Camp

Art Awakenings Camp

H2O Camp

G”ART”EN camp

Three Lakes Nature Discovery Camp

Camps for Upper Elementary and Middle School Age Students

Art & History Camp

Nature Skills Camp

CenterStage Performing Arts Camp

Concepts and Creations

Eco-Explorer Camp

Camps for Teens

Mystery Writing Camp

Teen Outdoor Adventure Camp

CenterStage Performing Arts Camp



Save the Date–Virginia Association for the Gifted Plans Sessions for Parents at the Fall Conference

The Virginia Association for the Gifted will host Dr. Mike Postma, President of SENG on Saturday, October 19th at the Richmond Marriott (500 East Broad Street).  Dr. Postma will deliver a keynote address to be followed by a series of break out conference sessions for parents and educators.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Parents are welcome to join the Virginia Association for the Gifted. The Virginia Association for the Gifted is comprised of a network of educators, parents, and community members, guided by current research, who work collaboratively to advocate for the needs of gifted and talented learners. The association provides resources, information, and professional development to improve the quality of education in the Commonwealth.

To join VAG click here.

Math 24 Challenge®  Tournament Held at Greenwood Elementary

Gifted Program Spotlight    

Greenwood Elementary School hosted a Math 24 Challenge®  Tournament on Thursday, March 21st.  Vicky Bohidar, HCPS Elementary Math Specialist, Ryan Stein, Principal, and Shannon Wakefield, Gifted Resource Teacher worked together to support the competition. Third, fourth, and fifth grade teams from sixteen Henrico schools participated.  Math 24 is a game where students demonstrate fluency and flexibility with numbers by finding ways to use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to create a problem that has an answer of 24.


Colonial Williamsburg’s D.O.G. Street Explorers Camp for Children Who Love History and/or Science

Exciting adventures await young history enthusiasts and curious adventurers alike at Colonial Williamsburg’s weekly summer day camps. Children ages 11 to 13 will explore STEAM-based activities such as gardening, archaeology, military life, soap-making, trade life, historic games and much more. All activities will engage our campers on how science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics were used in the 1700s, connecting the past to the future.

Click HERE to learn more about the summer camp.

Seventh Grade Students Compete in the Capitol Hill Challenge

Gifted Program Spotlight

The Fairfield Middle School Gifted Enrichment 7th grade students are participating in the Capitol Hill Challenge.  Each year invitations are sent to two schools in each Congressional District in the United States.  This year Nora Case, Gifted Resource Teacher, received an invitation for her students to participate.  As part of the challenge, students compete in a special edition of the Stock Market Game. The Stock Market Game is a simulation that teaches students how the stock market works.  It provides opportunities for students to build stock portfolios.

Teams that earn top scores will win a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with the member of Congress who represents their district.  Students will also attend an awards reception on Capitol Hill.  All of this is made possible through the SIFMA Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping students develop financial capability.

The Fairfield students are having a good time learning how the stock market works.  The team is currently ranked 621 out of 1183 participating teams.

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