Frequently Asked Questions

What does eligibility screening entail?

If testing is required, a one-hour assessment of the student is conducted with a consulting school psychologist. The screening instruments include a test of verbal and nonverbal reasoning. Additional information from a parent inventory is incorporated with test results to provide a student profile. Students who have a strong composite profile are recommended for the program. To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Valerie McDonald, PhD by valeriemcdonald2@gmail.com or call (757) 209-8798. She is located at 1769 Jamestown Road, Suite 106, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Should I enroll my child in a course area of strength or an area of weakness?

The Saturday/Summer Enrichment Program is designed to match children with courses that are in areas of their strength and interest. The program is not designed for remedial work nor for areas of relative weakness.

Should my child bring a snack or lunch?

Each teacher handles snack time in a different way. Please ask your child's teacher what the policy will be. Students are not permitted to visit the vending machines. Those attending more than one course during a session should bring lunch. Because of the increasing number of students with nut allergies, please do not send any nut products with your child(ren).

What can I do while my child is in class?

In Williamsburg, you may tour Colonial Williamsburg (passes are sold at the Visitor Center), shop in Merchant's Square, tour the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery, stroll the William & Mary campus, view the current exhibit in William & Mary's Muscarelle Museum, or visit the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Where can I park during SEP?

During Spring SEP you may park in any parking lot. For Summer SEP, parking permits will be mailed to all families. These permits allow parking in day and resident student parking only and at William & Mary Hall or the parking garage.

Will my child receive a report card?

After the program ends, you will receive an assessment folder from the course teacher. No information is sent to your child's school.

What is the class size?

Classes will be limited to 18 (with rare exceptions) to provide an optimal learning environment. Students will be assigned to classes on a first come, first served basis. If the student's first class choice is filled, s/he will be placed in the class of second choice; when no alternatives have been noted, the parent will be notified. Classes with insufficient enrollment (less than 8 students) to support their operation will be cancelled, and enrollees will be notified. If another class choice is not available, a refund of the deposit paid or a voucher for future use will be sent.

How do I get a refund?

After classes begin, no refunds will be given. The application fee is nonrefundable. If a student is withdrawn from the course by the parent/guardian, a written notice must be received 30 days prior in order to receive a refund minus the applicaton fee. If not the full cost of the tuition will be due.

Can I change classes/sessions?

No changes in classes or sessions can be made after the program starts.

Is it possible to carpool?

After the application deadline, address and phone lists of families who have given permission will be distributed with the notice of program acceptance. Carpool arrangements will be the responsibility of each family.

Lost and Found

During each session of the program, items and articles of clothing are inadvertently left by students. Parents may claim their children's items from the Center for Gifted Education. After 30 days, unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.