Learning Environment

  • The curriculum is designed for gifted and talented students.
  • Teachers serve as mentors promoting student engagement and active learning. 
  • Students are responsible for their own learning.
  • Multidisciplinary connections between mathematics, science and technology are stressed.
  • Students participate in sophisticated science laboratories, long-term assignments, independent research projects, and group work in both labs and on projects.
  • The use of technology is integrated into every class.
  • Students receive email accounts and Internet access.
  • Students enjoy the freedom to explore topics of interests beyond the structured curriculum.
  • Juniors participate in a 36-hour internship program that takes place on Fridays in the spring.
  • Juniors (and some seniors) participate in the regional International Science and Engineering Fair
  • Many juniors participate in the annual research symposium of the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences