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.  You can also join the Washington County Gifted & Talented Remind group to receive messages about upcoming events and also to contact me that way.  Just follow this link for instructions. Washington Co. Gifted & Talented Remind


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


Jr. Leadership Washington County- Throughout the 2018-2019 School Year **For 7th Grade Students Only

This program helps students learn valuable leadership traits that include team building, learning styles, how to conduct an interview, dinner etiquette, and more!  Register using the link below or also find the link on the Resources page on the district website under student/parent resources.

Jr. Leadership Washington Co. 18-19 Link

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

SPACETREK- Space Science Camp for Young Women July 12-20, 2019 

SpaceTrek is a one-week space science and engineering camp for girls entering 10th grade.  Camp fee $800

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

Interlochen Arts Camp- Summer 2019

Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists, and inspired by the scenic beauty of our campus.  To check out the variety of summer camps offered and their dates, visit the website below. 

Interlochen Arts Camp


Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs

Deadline: Applications open January 2019

Learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, web sites, apps and more!  See more at the following link: girls who code summer immersion programs

Rensselaer’s PREFACE Engineering Program (JUNIORS Only)

Deadline: 03/01/2019

The Rensselaer PREFACE Program is a two-week residential summer experience for talented high school sophomores and juniors, who will enter 11th or 12th grade in the fall of the coming year and who have expressed a strong, early interest in pursuing a career in the engineering and technological professions. It is for high school students from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields.  See more information at the following link Rensselaer Pre-College Initiatives

Simons Summer Research Fellowship

Deadline: 2019

The Simons Summer Research Program gives academically talented, motivated high school students who are between their junior & senior years the opportunity to engage in hands-on research in science, math or engineering at Stony Brook University.  See More Info: Simons Summer Research Program

PEPP–UK Professional Education Preparation (SENIORS Only)

Deadline: 01/01/2019 

The University of Kentucky Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) administers a residential Summer Program and provides supportive services throughout the academic year to students who reside within the under-served counties of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and who wish to pursue a career in Medicine or Dentistry. Designated rural counties and two urban areas are included on the list of PEPP-eligible geographic areas.  See More Info at this link: UK Professional Education preparation Program

NASA Internships and Fellowships

Several STEM opportunities, not just Rocket Science!  See more information at this link: Nasa Internships and Fellowships


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

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 for Teaching Gifted


KAGE Parent Night- 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

Free ACT Practice- ACT Academy

Reviews and practice for the ACT exam.

North Washington 8th grade students and WCMS 8th Grade GT students recently enjoyed a Shakespeare play titled “The Comedy of Errors” at the Norton Center in Danville. This trip was sponsored by Washington County GT.

The Washington County Gifted & Talented Recruitment night for the Gatton & Craft Academies was very successful.  There were almost 50 students and parents in attendance!