Instructors: McGrath & Phillips

Incoming Freshmen (class of 2024) WELCOME!!  

We scheduled Google Meets with Middle School Gifted Education Resource Teachers. If you were not able to attend, you may view our power point presentation. Any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

Patriot High School Gifted Ed Powerpoint


Gifted Identification Update 

With the closure of Prince William County Schools due to COVID-19, the timeline for gifted identification has been affected. The division-level Gifted Identification/Placement Committees will meet to review cases and make decisions regarding eligibility as soon as possible when PWCS safely reopens. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marilyn McGrath or Adrienne Phillips the Patriot High School Gifted Resource Teachers.  (9/30/2020)

Continuity of Instruction

To support gifted learners during this period of closure, we are providing online Modules through CANVAS, enrichment resources, and zoom Synchronous meetings. Participating students should receive notifications through the Canvas platform.  

Additionally, check out online resources from PWCS Instructional Technology:

For as long as the school is closed, we’re open. Students everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
It’s that easy! “Discover” “Tween”
(I am listening to "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" by Neil deGrasse Tyson - McGrath 3/24/2020)

Delivery of Services

The following options are available for students identified as gifted:

Pre-AP and AP Courses

Advanced classes are not limited to students identified as gifted but are seen as a vital part of services in high school. The courses provide acceleration and differentiation as a part of meeting the needs of gifted learners.

Conference Services

If a student does not want to be removed from the gifted program, but does not want to attend seminar, the student may be placed on "conference" status with parent permission. The student would meet periodically with a resource teacher to discuss academic goals and achievement.

Conference with Independent Study

Students with extremely focused interests can complete an independent study/project instead of seminars. This option allows them to create their own "center"; the student would need to be self-motivated in order to develop and execute the plan. The resource teacher would act as an advisor and facilitator to the student.

Seminar Services

18 hours of direct resource services are offered this year for freshmen and sophomores. Students meet in small groups to discuss topics and refine conceptual, conceptual, reflective, and collaborative thinking skills. Students are pulled from class to receive resource services. If a student finds the class he/she is pulled from is too disruptive to his/her academic performance, resource teachers will work with the parent and student to find the best option.

Ninth Grade 2020-2021 Services Document (PDF) 
Tenth Grade 2020-2021 Services Document (PDF)
Eleventh Grade 2020-2021 Services Document (PDF) 
Twelfth Grade 2020-2021 Services Document (PDF)

It will be through the exploration of these topics that students will have the opportunity to refine critical, conceptual, reflective, and collaborative thinking skills. We will provide several options in scheduling so that students may select the time that is the least disruptive to their learning experience. Our synchronous (live) opportunities will be available on Mondays and during flexible times as dictated by the school schedule. These plans are all contingent upon PWCS’s operating status. 

If you have any questions, email Marilyn McGrath or Adrienne Phillips, the Gifted Education Resource Teachers for Patriot High School.

Summer Residential Governor's School Programs
Summer Residential Governor's Schools provide students with month-long learning opportunities on college campuses. Students may apply during sophomore and junior years, but may attend only once. Admission is competitive, but tuition, housing, and meal costs are covered by the county.

A Canvas course has been set up for students interested in pursuing the opportunities made available through Summer Residential Governor's School for Academics and for the Visual & Performing Arts. Please click on the following link to join the course. The course offers access to information about the programs and to the application process for SRGS for Academics AND for SRGS for the Visual & Performing Arts: 

Governor's School @ Innovation Park

Students may also apply to attend the Governor's School @ Innovation Park for their junior and senior years. The program is not limited to gifted students, but requires strong ability in math and science. Selected students will attend college level math & science courses on the George Mason campus in Manassas. The students return to their base school for lunch and Language Arts & History core classes.

2020-21 Governor's School @ Innovation Park Application Available - TBD

10th grade students who are interested in applying must be enrolled in or have completed Algebra II/Trig, Biology and Chemistry. Applications are due February 1. Additional information for this program may be found at the PWCS homepage.

Gifted Identification

Students at Patriot may be referred for Gifted Identification by their parents, teachers, guidance counselors, or peers.  Notify Marilyn McGrath or Adrienne Phillips to begin the process, or click here to download the referral form. Please bring the completed form to the front office to get the identification process started.