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RPS Programs for Gifted and Talented are hosting two Community Conversations to present updates on the 5-Year Gifted Plan! A major focus of the conversation will center around new initiatives that have the potential to remove barriers and open access to gifted programs and services for students from traditionally underserved populations. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the process and services provided, give feedback on new initiatives, and learn how you can become involved.

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The Richmond Public Schools Programs for Gifted and Talented enables students to become independent, self-directed learners who use their knowledge, understanding, and high achievement to build rich and productive lives as individuals and members of the greater community.  

 It is our vision that all students gain exposure to content-rich text, complex acceleration options, diverse career pathways, and culturally responsive strategies. Students will glean from experiences that nurture their passion for learning as they grow into tomorrow’s scholarly minds, talented workforce, and stewards of their community.

The instructional vision of the RPS Programs for Gifted and Talented is to help students become innovators within their communities.  The programs provide resources, enrichment opportunities, and services to develop strengths, interests, and gifted behaviors.  This is achieved by supporting students through:

  • Encouraging gifted behaviors, creative and critical thinking for all students through early talent development.

  • Allowing students to lead their own investigations with meaningful action projects related to local and real world issues they are interested in, that affect their schools, neighborhoods, and communities.

  • Providing opportunities for students to engage in problem-solving situations that place learning in the context of their daily lives moving beyond textbooks.

  • Employing higher-order thinking and analytical skills to ask probing questions, examine information from multiple perspectives, and build conclusions based on evidence. 

  • Participation in a rigorous college preparatory academic environment

  • Preparation for tomorrow's workforce with early career planning

  • Enrollment in advanced courses across all levels and content areas.

  • This continuum is accessible to all students beginning in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  

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Levels of Services

Special Program for Academic and Creative Excellence (SPACE)

The SPACE program serves students with consistently outstanding intellectual ability or demonstrates the potential for high academic achievement and ability in grades 2 – 5.  At the elementary level, gifted resource teachers employ units of study which extend and enhance the curriculum for gifted, high-ability learners and students at potential.  These units, emphasize best practices in gifted education, build on the student’s repertoire of critical and creative thinking skills and extend their learning beyond the grade-level curriculum.

SPACE at the middle school level is offered through elective classes with instruction provided by gifted resource teachers emphasizing the components of a scaffolded curriculum, in respect to content, process, and product within a supportive learning environment to elevate the capacity of students.

Research based curriculum is embedded into our lessons from the Centers for Gifted Education such as: 

  • College of William and Mary

  • Engineering is Elementary (EiE) units developed by the Boston Museum of Science/Tufts University

  • The Ricks Center for Gifted Education, University of Denver

  •  Mentoring Mathematical Minds (M3) University of Connecticut 


Contact Information

Lynn Pleveich
Coordinator, Programs for Gifted & Talented
301 N. 9th Street, 12th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.664-7656
Fax: 804.648.6075

Patricia Woodberry
Lead SPACE Resource Teacher Email