Dear Families and Students,

Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Page for the Washington County School District! I look forward to working with students and families throughout the year. My goal for the Gifted and Talented Program here in Washington County is to provide quality programming for families and students, while addressing the specific needs of gifted students in classrooms across our district.

Duke Tip, Duke University Talent Identification Program, Participating School

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments at  I look forward to working with you.


Allison Carney

District Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher



2018-2019 WCSD Gifted and Talented Identification Information

Grades 4-12: Gifted and Talented Referral Form

Grades 4-12: Gifted and Talented Special Considerations Form

Grades 4-12: Services Appeals Form

Grades K-3: Primary Talent Pool Referral Form


Acceleration Opportunities

Early Graduation Option: WCSD-Early-Graduation-Documents 18-19 and WCSD Early Graduation Brochure

Kindergarten:  WCSD-Early-Kindergarten-Information 18-19

2018-2019 Programming Opportunities/Resources


Super Saturdays at The Center for Gifted Studies (WKU)  – October 20 & 27, November 3 & 10, February 2, 9, 16, & 23

Saturday classes allow high-ability and high-interest students in grades 1-8 to broaden the scope of their interests and interact with other bright young people on WKU’s campus and at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville.  Students choose one course from a wide selection covering a variety of academic disciplines. The Center for Gifted Studies

IdeaFestival Bowling Green- February 13, 2019

This one day annual celebration of ideas brings motivated middle and high school students and interested community members from throughout the region to the WKU campus for speakers and activities focused on innovation, curiosity, and creativity across a variety of fields. The Center for Gifted Studies

Camp Explore– June 3-7, 2019

Camp Explore is a day camp for children with advanced ability and high interest who have been in grades one, two, or three during the 2018-19 school year.  The experience features minds-on and hands-on instruction designed to engage children in learning at advanced levels.  The Center for Gifted Studies

Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students (SCATS)– June 9-21, 2019

This two-week camp provides a wide range of classes for academically talented students who have been in grades 6-8 during the 18-19 school year.  Students take four courses from a wide array of choices, and campers can be residential or nonresidential. The Center for Gifted Studies

Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY)– June 23-July 13, 2019

Students who have been in grades 7-10 during the 18-19 school year qualify for VAMPY by taking the ACT or SAT and scoring at or above the average for college-bound seniors.  In this three-week residential program, students spend 6 hours each day in a challenging academic environment. The Center for Gifted Studies

Camp Innovate- July 8- 12, 2019

Camp Innovate is a day camp for children with advanced ability and high interest who were in grades 3, 4, or 5 during the 18-19 school year.  The experience features minds-on and hands-on instruction designed to engage children in learning at advanced levels. The Center for Gifted Studies

GEMS: Girls in Engineering, Math & Science- Saturday, Nov. 10th

GEMS is an event held by the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics and the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council. GEMS is a one-day event featuring workshops facilitated by local women in STEM. This event is an opportunity discover, explore and create through various STEM activities. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend GEMS! This event is open to any and all girls, grades 4-12 in Kentucky.  The Craft Academy GEMS 


The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science– Western Kentucky University

The Commonwealth’s first high school for students interested in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Instead of spending their junior and senior years in traditional high schools, our 190 students take all their coursework through Western Kentucky University with regularly-enrolled college students.  The Academy empowers Kentucky’s exceptional young scientists and mathematicians  to live and learn in an environment which offers advanced educational opportunities, while preparing them for leadership roles.  For more information please click the link below.

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics- Morehead State University
The Craft Academy  is a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students. The Craft Academy’s purpose is to meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy challenges students to excel at their highest level through project-based STEM+X courses and hands-on learning experiences, with emphasis on innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science & Mathematics



Tips for Teachers: Successful strategies for teaching gifted learners

KAGE Fall Workshop- September 24, 2018 Embassy Suites, Lexington, Ky

Social Emotional Learning of the Gifted 101: Everything you need to know to help gifted kids develop into well-adjusted and caring adults with Steven Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

Issues for Leaders in Gifted Education (half-day workshop)- September 25, 2018, Embassy Suites, Lexington, Ky

This workshop provides an opportunity for current educational initiatives to be presented for interpretation of impact on district policy regarding identification and services for gifted and talented learners.

For more information and registration regarding the KAGE Fall Workshop above or this half-day workshop, please click on the link below.

KAGE Fall Workshop

Differentation Workshop– October 18, 2018

Dr. Tracy Inman and Dr. Julia Roberts will offer two separate workshops on differentation- one for educators new to differentiation and one for those who are familiar with their book Strategies for Differentating Instruction: Best Practices for the Classroom.  The Center for Gifted Studies

Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar – November 1 & 2 

This two day workshop may be attended for one or two days with the first day focused on basic information on twice-exceptional students and the second planned for those who are familiar with twice-exceptional students and strategies to address their needs.  Dr. Lois Baldwin and Ms. Daphne Pereles, national experts, will be the consultants. The Center for Gifted Studies

Berta Seminar- November 9, 2018

Will feature Lisa Van Gemert who will facilitate the day with a focus on the social-emotional needs of high ability young people. The Center for Gifted Studies

Advanced Placement Summer Institute – June 24-28, 2019

This one week institute is designed for high school teachers who are presently teaching or preparing to teach College Board Advanced Placement classes.  Numerous courses are offered for both beginning and experienced Advanced Placement teachers. The Center for Gifted Studies



Created by teacher Ian Byrd- this website offers a plethora of resources for teaching G/T students

He also has this great site with puzzles.

USEFUL WEBSITES   Useful Websites for Teaching Gifted


KAGE Parent Night- September 24 & February 25 2019, Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington (Cost is Free) 

A session designed to provide parents with information and ideas to use in parenting their gifted children.  Teachers are also welcome to attend! For more information and registration for the September date click on the link below



Resources for Parents and Families of Gifted Students

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

National Association for Gifted Children

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

Essential Links for Parents of Gifted Children

The Center for Gifted Studies

Davidson Institute

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science & Mathematics


Curiosities & Puzzlements

Other websites

Commander Day Resources

The following links allows students to engage in enrichment and acceleration opportunities during Commander Days.

6-12: Hippo Campus and K-12: Khan Academy

Students in all grades can access over 45 subjects to brush up or accelerate their learning.

K-8: Kids Know It

Games and activities for reading, math, science, and social studies.

8-12: Campus Tours

Students can digitally tour hundreds of college campuses around the country.

9-12: ACT

Reviews and practice for the ACT exam.