William and Mary School of Education

Focusing on the Future

A Career and Academic Planning Experience for High-Ability Students in Grades 6-12 and Their Parents and Counselors

Focusing on the Future (FOF) exposes high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. The program also informs parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning.

The experience includes large and small group sessions for students and parents. Following an opening session, students in grades 6-8 attend four workshop sessions, each session offering six different topics. Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9-12, parents, and counselors. Other activities include a lunchtime panle discussion with Williams & Mary students and an opportunity for a campus tour.


Registration is now open. Please download the FOF 2016 brochure (pdf), complete the information and mail it, fax it, or email it to us!


The Center for Gifted Education is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of need-based scholarships for the Focusing on the Future Conference. If you are interested in an event scholarship, please contact the Precollegiate Learner Program Office at (757) 221-2166 or [[sep, email us]].

Session at FOF 2015Student Workshops 

Students have the opportunity to learn about four career areas. Students are exposed to (a) information about work habits and "habits of mind" (e.g., precision and objectivity in math, and skepticism and curiosity in science) that lead to successful careers in various fields, (b) an interactive discussion about a variety of career opportunities in a particular field, and (c) steps to take to prepare for specific careers.

Parent and Counselor Workshops

Parents and counselors have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops, which will assist them in guiding their children and students with academic and career planning.