Gifted Education

The Prince William County Gifted Education Program began in 1976, and is referred to as SIGNET, an acronym for Schools Involved in Gifted Needs in Education Today. The activities used in this course of study support increased levels of complexity. Students identified for gifted education services must receive instructional time with their age-level peers, instructional time with intellectual and academic peers, and time to work independently. The essential elements of the curriculum include study centers, interdisciplinary units, and time with the Gifted Resource Teacher.
The students served by the Gifted Education program at the middle school level are unique in both their abilities and achievements. The program recognizes and strives to provide for the diversity of the academic, interpersonal, and emotional needs of each student in an appropriate environment. 


Skills Goals: To explore and develop:

  •  Different approaches to solving problems
  •  Higher level thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
  •  Originality, flexibility, fluency, and elaboration in student products
  •  Processes and skills that will benefit students in their regular class settings
Content Goals: To provide:
  •  Curriculum based on the needs and interests of the students
  •  Access to current information and/or innovative practices in fields of study
  •  Interdisciplinary approaches to content areas through problem-based learning and research

Interpersonal Affective Goals: To provide an environment conducive to:

  •  Respect for self and others
  •  Productive group and individual work within an intellectually risk-free setting
  •  Fostering the curiosity to be a lifelong learner
  •  Meeting the needs of gifted middle school students

In order to receive gifted services, your child must be identified as requiring services by PWCS. Once identified, this placement is implemented for grades 3-12 across all PWCS. If your child was identified by any other county and transferred to Porter, they will still be required to participate in the identification process here at Porter to determine eligibility within PWCS. 

If you are interested in having your child tested for services, please fill out this Microsoft form and the Gifted team will respond to you as soon as possible:   Identification Form

Or if you would like to print and fill out a referral form, you can access it here: PDF (in English) or PDF (en español). Please drop it off at the school with it addressed to Peggy Geyer.

This process is extremely thorough, including six hours of testing, the collection of work samples, and written teacher/student/parent reports. Eligibility is then determined at the county level by a committee of teachers, administrators, and counselors.


Gifted students typically have one or more of the following characteristics, which may be observed at home:

  • Curious, questioning attitude
  • Keen observer
  • Vivid imagination
  • Learns quickly
  • Sophisticated sense of humor
  • Exceptional memory
  • Sensitive to human issues, fairness, justice
  • Strong communication skills
  • Motivated to learn or develop a skill
  • Quick to learn a second language
  • Intense interests
  • Enjoys problem-solving


For more information on the PWCS Gifted program, as well as the identification process and gifted services, please visit the PWCS GIFTED EDUCATION WEBSITE. 

For a brief "at a glance" informational flyer on the PWCS Gifted Program, use the link below: 




Grade Level

Min Per Week

Gifted Teacher

1st Grade

45 Min

  Mrs. Peggy Geyer   [email protected] 

2nd Grade 

45 Min

  Mrs. Peggy Geyer   [email protected] 

3rd Grade

90 Min

  Mrs. Peggy Geyer   [email protected] 

4th Grade

225 Min

  Mrs. Peggy Geyer   [email protected] 

5th Grade 

225 Min

  Mrs. Peggy Geyer   [email protected] 

6th Grade 

Services received through Encore Rotation for two quarters (either 1 & 3 or 2 & 4)

  Ms. Kimberly Wenzel   [email protected]

7th Grade 

Services received through Encore Rotation for two quarters (either 1 & 3 or 2 & 4)

  Mrs. Peggy Geyer   [email protected] 

8th Grade

Services received through Encore Rotation for two quarters (either 1 & 3 or 2 & 4)

  Mrs. Peggy Geyer   [email protected] 




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