FREE Science & Engineering Kits for 3rd-8th Grade: The MIT Society of Women Engineers is offering free science & engineering kits to be sent straight to your home.  It is a first come first serve basis, so sign up ASAP!   Use this link: FREE Science & Engineering Kits

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COVID-19 INFORMATION:  Parents & Students:  Please use these links to access Virtual Gifted & Talented Enrichment Support Materials.  If you’re worried about your child being pushed or challenged during this time, these sites will definitely help!  If you would like some paper copies of extended enrichment work, please contact me at any of the communication methods listed below.  The easiest way to reach me will be the Remind Messages, Twitter, or through email.  Parents- please also see the video below about helping your GT student deal with stress during the Covid-19 Pandemic.


KAGE G&T Virtual Enrichment Resources

Appropriate for K-8 Math is Fun  Mensa for Kids  Hoagie’s Gifted

3rd Grade- Library of Congress: Aesop’s Fables The Daily Set Puzzle- a daily math challenge

4th Grade- 8th Grade- Science Spot Kid Zone

6th Grade- 8th Grade- TED Talks by Kids Under 20


Texas Association for Gifted & Talented Online Resources for Parents & Educators


859-336-5470 (office)

REMIND: Text the message @wcgtremind to the number 81010

Twitter: @washcogifted






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.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments about our GT program.  I look forward to working with you. There are 2 sections below, one specifically for students, and one for parents.  You can see information about current events GT students are involved  in or potential opportunities to get them involved in on this page OR on our twitter account.  The handle is @washcogifted .

Allison Carney

District Gifted and Talented Coordinator & Resource Teacher    859-336-5470     Twitter: @washcogifted   #WCGT

2019-2020 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 19-20 and WCSD Early Graduation Brochure

Kindergarten:  WCSD-Early-Kindergarten-Information 19-20


Teen Leadership Washington County

Washington County Juniors are invited to participate in this program sponsored by the Washington County Extension office and endorsed by Washington County Schools.  It is a school year long program in which students are able to develop their leadership and soft skills, form bonds with others in the program, and learn about many aspects of their community such as city/county government, industry/ business, law and justice, and health/emergency services among others.  Students must be in the top half of their class to apply.  Applications are usually due in May.  Students will be notified by early June of their acceptance.

Teen Lead Information Sheet

Teen Leadership Application 20-21

Junior Leadership Washington County

Washington County 7th grade students are invited to participate in this program sponsored by Washington County Gifted & Talented and supported by the Washington County Extension Office.  Students learn active listening skills, soft skills, cell phone etiquette, and dinner etiquette.  They also explore their leadership personalities and learning styles, as well as participate in mock interviews and create resumes/applications.  The application process for Junior Leadership will begin in October.  Students will be notified in early November.  Here is a link to the application. JR Leadership Application 19-20 

Governor’s Scholar Program (GSP)

The Governor’s Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. Those selected attend the program free of charge.

Governor’s School for the Arts  GSA

For three weeks every summer, over 200 of Kentucky’s most talented and creative high school students are invited to grow and learn together at the Governor’s School for the Arts’ college summer residence program.  Rising juniors and seniors in high school are offered in-depth instruction in one of nine artistic disciplines: architecture + design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art, and vocal music.

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

Duke Tip

The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve. They offer above-grade-level testing, enrichment resources, year-round learning options, residential summer programs, online courses, and original research to supplement what students receive in school.  If eligible, you will receive information about enrolling in the programs from Ms. Carney.  See more information at this link:

Summer Institute for the Gifted

Summer Programs for Gifted, Creative, and Academically Talented Students. Through Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) programs, students experience the energy and excitement of campus life at prestigious schools and universities across America. SIG summer enrichment camps help students strengthen current skills and interests, explore new subject areas, and interact with other kids who love learning.  If interested, you can follow this link  OR you can ask Ms. Carney for a booklet.

Senior Salute

Senior Salute is a prestigious program to honor outstanding seniors. 2020 seniors will be honored by having their pictures and accomplishments displayed throughout the community in various agencies, businesses, and industries from September through May.  The Application will be posted in early May.

Digital Campus Tours

8-12: Campus Tours Students can digitally tour hundreds of college campuses around the country.



Free ACT Practice- ACT Academy

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.


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

The Institute for Talent Development & Gifted Studies

Davidson Institute

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science & Mathematics


Curiosities & Puzzlements

Other websites

Some #WCGT Happenings:

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!

4th/5th grade GT and Music GT students recently visited the Norton Center for the arts at Centre College to see The Sounds of Zamar and Gabriel Royal.

GT 11th grade students recently visited the University of Kentucky to eat lunch, experience an admissions presentation, and tour the campus!

21 Students from WCMS, WCES, and NWES were selected to participate in a 2 day art camp with Ms. Marilyn Peters as the instructor.  The art camp took place in March at the Springfield Opera House.  Several high school Art students also helped instruct the students.  WCGT and the Opera House held a reception in early April to premiere the student’s artwork, as well as student artwork from WCHS.  All of this artwork was on display during the month of April at the Opera House and was also on display around various businesses downtown during the month of March to celebrate National Youth Art Month.

Two gifted and talented dance students from NWES attended a ballet by The Lexington Ballet Company at the Lexington Opera House in February.

In March the 6th and 7th grade students from NWES and the GT 6th and 7th grade students from WCMS attended Theatre Unspeakable’s The American Revolution at the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College.

Congrats to Junior Ethan Speer on his acceptance to the prestigious Craft Academy.  Ethan will spend his junior and senior years of high school attending academy for excellence in science and mathematics.

Congrats to sophomore Katie Spencer whose play titled “Purple” was selected for the 14th Annual New Voices Young Playwright’s Festival at Actors Theatre in Louisville.  Many high school students were able to attend the festival on April 24th to see Katie’s play, as well as other plays written by students from around Kentucky.  Only 8 students were selected for this honor!

Both the Junior and Teen Leadership programs for the 19-20 school year were great successes!  Both graduations occurred in May.