The Identification Process

In Prince William County Schools, students are found eligible for gifted services in Specific Intellectual Aptitude (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and/or History and Social Sciences). The Identification and Placement process in Prince William County uses multiple criteria. The identification process begins either through general screening procedures or through the referral of a student by a parent, teacher, school staff member, or a community member. Students may also refer themselves. Here is the referral form in English. Here is the referral form in Spanish. Referral forms may be obtained from the gifted education resource teacher as well. 

A Division Identification and Placement meeting will be held within 90 school days from the date that written parent permission is received to determine eligibility. The criteria evaluated in gifted education identification process include the following:
·Assessment of student products or portfolios classroom performance
·Parent observations
·Teacher evaluation and observations
·Aptitude and achievement test scores

Because identification criteria and services vary greatly among localities, transfer students who have been receiving gifted education services in other school divisions do not automatically receive services in Prince William County. The Gifted Education Resource Teacher will review the student’s files, and Prince William County’s formal identification process will be initiated. In appropriate cases, data required for identification will be collected and combined with data from the student’s previous school. When enrolling, please notify the school of the student’s identification for services in another locality.

Source: PWCS Gifted Program

About Me

My name is Jennifer Hale and I am the START/SIGNET teacher here at Piney Branch. I have been a teacher for 20 years and have taught just about every grade level K-5 before I became a resource teacher. I can't imagine any better profession than the one that I chose for myself when I was just 8 years old! I spent my formative years as a "military brat" traveling around the United States and world and continued to move around as an adult. My family is from Okinawa and I spent my elementary school years there, so its culture still remains a strong influence of who I am as an adult. I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to experience so many cultures so young and use those experiences in my teaching practices daily. With each place that I've lived, I've always found a wonderful ring of friends and people that I keep close to my heart. I look forward to each year at Piney Branch and the new experiences it brings!

K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd START (Mondays)
9:30 - 11:15:
Third Grade
11:45 - 12:45:
1:45 - 2:45:
 First and Second Grade

Fourth Grade (Tuesdays)
10:30 Pick Up
11:10 - 11:40:
12:45 -1:15:
3:15: Drop Off

Fifth Grade (Wednesdays)
Pick Up
11:10 - 11:40: :LUNCH
11:45 - 12:15: RECESS
2:40: Drop Off