Gifted Services

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Welcome to Gifted Services at Washington Liberty High School!  Please take a look through the helpful links in the menu on the left to discover more about what Washington Liberty High School has to offer our growing scholars. I am the Resource Teacher for the Gifted here, Elizabeth Burgos. Please contact me via email: elizabeth.burgos@apsva.usPicture of Elizabeth Burgos, Resource Teacher for the Gifted at Washington Liberty HIgh School working from home

I began teaching in Washington D.C., taught in Germany, and have spent the last twenty five years in various Arlington Public schools. I started teaching inspired by the work of educator Paulo Freire, and continue to be inspired by educators and researchers:  Carol Tomlinson, Joe Renzulli and Sally Reis, Tony Wagner, Carol Dweck, Dan Rothstein, and Luz Santana, and Jo Boaler. I have a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, a Masters Degree from the University of New Mexico. My Gifted Endorsement is from the University of Virginia. I have attended Confratute the Gifted Summer Camp for Teachers at the University of Connecticut. Received “Gifted Teacher of the Year from Virginia Association of the Gifted in 2018 for Region III.” Selected to teach at the Universidad de Cundinamarca as a Fulbright Distinguished Short Term Teacher in Colombia, South America in 2019.

Arlington Public Schools is dedicated to maximizing the strengths and potential of all students so they may become self-confident, well-rounded, responsible and productive citizens. Many gifted students need opportunities to think abstractly, work at various rates and levels of complexity, and pursue tasks independently. In addition, students eligible for gifted services need opportunities to learn with others of like abilities, as well as opportunities to develop social relationships with others of all abilities. Check out the helpful links on the APS Gifted Services website.

The Gifted Services Information Meeting was held October 17, 2022 in the W-L Little Theater from 7-8 pm. This meeting is for students and parents to attend. Students will share their experiences and the application process for APS Enrichment Opportunities to include Prime Internships, Fine Arts Apprentice Program, and the state level VDOE Summer Residential Governor’s School. Information will be available  about instructional services provided to challenge students academically yet support their social emotional well being as they find their joy here at W-L High School. Here is the link to the recording of the W-L Gifted Services Presentation 2022-2023.

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Check out more information in the left hand side banner for more opportunities at the County, State level and beyond. Updated information on the Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School programs for 2023 is available in the link and in the left hand side banner under State. Students interested in applying for the Visual and Performing Arts program need to turn in the first 3 pages of the application this Friday on Nov. 4, 2022. Applications need to be printed out and signed and submitted to me in office 2103 at the back of the library. W-L students can join the CANVAS course by clicking here for more information on applying to Governor’s School.

Please email with any questions about W-L Gifted Services.

School Year 2022-2023 Gifted Services Information Updates will be sent out through Naviance to parents and students.

Información en español para padres y madres de familia sobre recursos para alumnos con habilidades excepcionales Spanish PTA Presentation 2020