Gifted Services

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Innovation’s Resource Teacher for the Gifted (RTG), Sarah Congable, is excited to support teachers and students in high-level thinking!

APS Gifted Services LogoArlington Public Schools is dedicated to maximizing the strengths and potential of all students so they may become self-confident, well-rounded, responsible and productive citizens. Many gifted students need opportunities to think abstractly, work at various rates and levels of complexity, and pursue tasks independently. In addition, students eligible for gifted services need opportunities to learn with others of like abilities, as well as opportunities to develop social relationships with others of all abilities.

Each school designs services for students identified for gifted services on the basis of countywide objectives for gifted education and unique community needs.  School-based programs are delivered:

  • in the regular classroom setting with gifted identified students cluster-grouped with other children
  • with teachers who are specifically trained in elements of gifted education including best practices in differentiated instruction
  • through the curriculum, which is differentiated or extended from concepts in the prescribed curriculum and, when appropriate, opportunities for acceleration and advanced studies are provided
  • according to a collaborative resource model in which the classroom teacher works with the RTG to develop and present appropriately differentiated learning experiences for gifted students within the regular classroom.

For more resources and information about gifted services in Arlington, please visit the APS gifted services page.


picture of Innovation's specialists / instructional coaches for SY21-22
Specialists team: (L to R) Ms. Congable (Resource Teacher for the Gifted), Ms. Mehrnama (Reading Specialist), Dr. Cleary (Mathematics Coach), Ms. Kulas (Reading Specialist)